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.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.