Nats put Atilan on DL, Detwiler to start Sunday

Published Jul. 23, 2010 9:55 p.m. ET

The Washington Nationals have placed right-hander Luis Atilano on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 21, because of bone chips in his pitching elbow.

Nationals senior vice-president and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement Friday night before the Nationals opened a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Atilano, a 25 year-old rookie, is 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA in 16 starts this season.

Ross Detwiler, a 24-year-old left-hander, will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse and start on Sunday in place of Atilano.

Detwiler was 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA in seven starts for Syracuse.

It will be his third stint with Washington. He was 1-6 in 14 starts last season.