Nats Roster To Expand by Five

Posted by Dave Nichols | Monday, September 07, 2009 | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

According to, the Washington Nationals have decided to promote pitcher Ross Detwiler, Marco Estrada, Logan Kensing and Zack Segovia, and shortstop Ian Desmond.

All five players will report to Washington with the completion of Triple-A Syracuse's schedule.

The Nationals also will bring up Syracuse manager Tim Foli to assist with all-purpose duties.

The promotion will give interim manager Jim Riggleman some flexibility in managing the pitching staff down the stretch, with several young pitchers approaching their maximum innings allotment for the season.

Detwiler started 10 games earlier in the season, going 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA. Kensing has had two stints in D.C. this season, surrendering 31 runs in 26 and two-thirds innings pitched. He was the closer for Syracuse, with a 2.97 ERA.

Estrada made his major league debut last season, appearing in 11 games as a reliever. He started the entire season for Syracuse.

Segovia, who has previous major league experience with Philadelphia, went 2-5 with a 3.28 ERA in stints at Double-A and Triple-A this year.

Desmond hit .328 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs for Harrisburg and Syracuse.