Nats' Detwiler out 10-12 weeks after surgery

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Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who was expected to compete for a spot in Washington’s rotation this spring, is out 10-12 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.
Detwiler, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, made his major league debut last season and went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Nationals. He clearly wasn’t ready when getting his first opportunity in May, but after spending nearly two months back in the minors and returning in September, he had a 1.90 ERA in 23 2/3 innings during the final month of the season.
We placed Detwiler sixth in the Nationals’ rotation depth chart earlier this month. His removal from the mix increases the chances that Shairon Martis, Garrett Mock or Collin Balester could take a spot away from Miguel Batista or Craig Stammen. Stephen Strasburg still isn’t at all likely to break camp with the team.

Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

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The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.

Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.

Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.