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Detwiler to skip start as Nats practice caution

Detwiler to skip start as Nats practice caution

BALTIMORE -- Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler will miss at least one more start because of an oblique strain. He was scheduled to pitch against the Braves on Sunday, but the Nationals decided he needed another week for the injury to heal.

Detwiler injured the oblique while running the bases against the Dodgers on May 15. After a bullpen session on Saturday, Detwiler's oblique tightened up on him while doing infield drills at Nationals Park.

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"[I was] just doing [infield drills] and felt something a little bit there," Detwiler said. "So we kind of talked about it, and it's too early in the season to push through it and I don't want to deal with this for the next four or five months."

Detwiler is planning to go with the team to Atlanta and monitor his injury there.

"I've never gone through anything like this before, so that's a question for the trainer," Detwiler said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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