Detwiler to begin rehab assignment soon
Left-hander recovering from offseason right hip surgery
WASHINGTON --- Left-hander Ross Detwiler, the Nationals' first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, said his right hip is 100 percent, and he has been able to throw batting practice at the team's Spring Training complex in Viera, Fla.
In February, Detwiler had surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip. He missed all of Spring Training and has yet to play in a game. Detwiler said he should know by the end of the week when he will start his rehab assignment.
Detwiler said there is no timetable as to when he will return to the big leagues.
"This is like my Spring Training now, so I could build up arm strength before I leave here," Detwiler said by phone. "The team is trying to figure out a schedule for me. They have to finalize that, and we'll go from there."
Detwiler said he realizes that he must produce once he starts pitching in a Minor League rehab assignment. He realizes the Nationals have a handful of pitchers -- Stephen Strasburg, Chien-Ming Wang and Jordan Zimmermann -- who are expected to be in the big leagues soon.
"There is not going to be a job waiting for me," Detwiler said. "Even when I go to my rehab assignment, I still have to perform."
Last season, Detwiler went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 15 games with Washington, but had a 1.90 ERA during the month of September.
Storen records first win in second outing
WASHINGTON -- In only the second game of his Major League career, reliever Drew Storen picked up his first victory, as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 5-3, on Wednesday night.
Storen, the 10th overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at 2 and Henry Blanco on second base. Storen was able to get the job done as Jose Reyes lined out to shortstop Ian Desmond, then Luis Castillo grounded out to Desmond to end the inning.
"I love it," Storen said of coming in during the middle of an inning. "I started that in college. I did it in the Minor Leagues. I love coming in with guys on base because of the pressure. I'm a big fan."
Storen became the pitcher of record after the Nationals scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. After the game, Storen received two shaving cream pies in the face and was proud to wear the silver Elvis wig, which goes to the player of the game as awarded by center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
"The wig doesn't look that good on me, but it's a great thing I'm wearing it," Storen said. "I saw it before I came up here. I was really hoping I would be able to wear it."
Storen said it was unfair for him to take the victory. He said right-hander Livan Hernandez gave a great effort after pitching on three days' rest. Hernandez allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
"He had a solid outing. It's kind of unfair for me to take that win away from him. Anyway, I'll take it," Storen said.
Guzman's triple helps redeem triple play
WASHINGTON -- Nationals second baseman Cristian Guzman did something he would like to forget in the Nationals' 5-3 victory over the Mets. He became the first player in the club's history in Washington to hit into a triple play.
With runners on first and second, no outs and Washington up, 2-1, in the fifth inning, Guzman took an 0-1 pitch and hit the ball into shallow center field. The runners, Livan Hernandez and Nyjer Morgan, thought the ball was going to drop in for a base hit, but center fielder Angel Pagan caught the ball and the Mets were able to force out Hernandez and Morgan for the triple play.
"The play was a good one by Pagan. He played real shallow," Guzman said. "He caught the ball behind second base, but I thank God we came back."
After the Mets tied the score at 2 in the sixth, the Nationals scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Guzman highlighted the scoring with an RBI triple. Guzman ended up going 2-for-4 in the game.
"Every time you have a good game, you feel good," Guzman said.
Despite coming off the bench this season, Guzman is now hitting .328 and leads the team in hits with 42. Guzman acknowledged that coming off the bench is not easy.
"I feel good about myself," Guzman said. "This game is real hard. It's not easy coming off the bench and when you play a lot of different positions. I have the confidence to do my job."
Dunn returns to lineup for Nationals
WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Saturday against the Rockies. Dunn was out with flu-like symptoms. The team went 0-3 during his absence.
Dunn had hit in seven straight starts prior to his absence, going 10-for-29 with three home runs and six RBIs. He went 1-for-2 on Wednesday with two walks as the Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Mets.
"It's good to get back in the lineup and help turn this thing around a little bit," Dunn said.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.