Ross Detwiler is now the Texas Rangers' likely No. 4 starter — a slide up the rotation ladder caused by Yu Darvish's Tommy John surgery. It isn't ideal, but it is what it is.
Detwiler had a pretty nice outing on Wednesday night against the Reds, even if the final number didn't appear to be much in Detwiler's favor. The Rangers lefty, who was acquired this winter from the Washington Nationals, where he served mainly as a reliever last season but has been a starter most of his career, dealt with a big error early on Wednesday and ended up allowing four runs in the second inning after a key error. The hits were a double and then a few singles, including a couple of hard bouncing singles off the notoriously hard infield dirt in Arizona.
Entering the game, Detwiler had put together a pretty nice spring, entering the game with a sub-2.00 ERA in just shy of five innings of work.
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The Rangers' initial plans for Detwiler might have been to stick him in the bullpen to add to their bare cupboard of lefty relievers, but the circumstances surrounding Darvish's injury have put a wrench in that plan. Now, they hope he can be a serviceable starter for them like he was in Washington in 2011, 2012 and 2013.