Washington Nationals' Rotation Shake Up: Chien-Ming Wang In, Ross Detwiler out

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IMay 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 03:  Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang #40 of the Washington Nationals throws to a Atlanta Braves batter during the first third at Nationals Park on August 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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When Chien-Ming Wang relieved Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning on Friday, who would have thought he would be permanently relieving him in the Washington Nationals' starting rotation?

It was announced on Saturday night that Wang will take over Detwiler's spot in the rotation, moving Detwiler to the bullpen.

Amanda Comak of The Washington Times reported that Wang will start on Wednesday and Detwiler will become the long reliever out of the pen.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson had plenty to say on the subject, telling reporters:

(Detwiler) is invaluable because I rank him up with (Stephen Strasburg) and (Gio Gonzalez) and (Jordan Zimmermann) and I’m definitely going to take care of him out in the bullpen. But it would be very hard for me to handle a 19-game winner who’s made a great comeback from arm surgery in the bullpen. It’s a tough decision, but I think it’s best for the whole ballclub.

Detwiler might be called on again when Stephen Strasburg approaches his innings limit later this year, but for now he will be expected to help the team out of the bullpen. The Nationals have a problem but it is certainly not a bad problem to have.

There can never be enough quality starters on one team and the Nats have the necessary depth to handle injuries.

The Nats have the best starting staff in baseball and Wang will only make them better. Although he does not have gaudy strikeout numbers, he is a ground-ball machine and is very effective. If he gets into a jam, he is always one pitch away from getting out of it.

Wang is going to have a great season in the No. 5 spot in the rotation and if he should have issues, Detwiler will be ready to take his spot if he is called on to do so.