WASHINGTON -- Lefty relievers Tom Gorzelanny and Michael Gonzalez were two reasons the Nationals won the National League East in 2012, and they both wanted to return to the team this season, but instead they ended up signing with the Brewers.
Gorzelanny was non-tendered by the Nationals last November, and that didn't surprise Gorzelanny. But he thought there was a chance he could return to Washington. A few weeks later, the Nationals told Gorzelanny they were going in a different direction. They decided to start the season with one lefty -- Zach Duke -- in the bullpen.
"There wasn't really much going on, and then Milwaukee came. It was something I really couldn't pass up," Gorzelanny said.
Gorzelanny, who signed a two-year, $5.7 million contract with Milwaukee, is having a solid season. As a starter and reliever, Gorzelanny has appeared in 32 games and had a 2.31 ERA entering Tuesday's action.
"Whatever capacity they need me in is what I'm doing. They brought me here and they knew I was versatile," Gorzelanny said. "They knew I could do everything. I've been in late games, I started a game and played in the middle of the game. I've been all over the place. … I pitch whenever they call on me."
The Brewers are Gonzalez's sixth team, and he said the Nationals were also in the mix to retain his services, but ended up being surprised that the Nationals let him, Gorzelannny and fellow lefty Sean Burnett sign with other clubs.
"I guess they have their own way of thinking," Gonzalez said. "I thought it was a pretty good little overall chemistry that the team had last year. I was a little surprised that they didn't just take me, Burnie or Gorzo. But that's the business of the game. If you let it get personal, there is going to be a problem. It's not a big deal. It is what it is. You live and learn. They learned they needed a couple of lefties. That's what you need for a playoff-contending team."
The Nationals now have two lefties in the bullpen in Fernando Abad and Ian Krol. Gonzalez is impressed by what he has seen by Washington's current bullpen.
"Their bullpen is legit. They definitely have the guys to go out there and get it done," Gonzalez said.
With the Brewers in fifth place and 19 games behind the Pirates in the NL Central entering play Tuesday, Gonzalez said that there is a 75-percent chance he will be traded.
"There is always a possibility, being a one-year free agent. That's kind of how it goes. Don't think about it too much," Gonzalez said. "Is there a possibility? Yes. ... That's just how it is. I don't think too much of it. It is what it is."
Detwiler set to make start; Haren getting healthy
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' lineup is finally getting healthy, and manager Davey Johnson said on Tuesday that the starting rotation is following suit.
Johnson said that Ross Detwiler will make his regularly scheduled start against the Brewers on Wednesday. The left-hander's health was in question after his back stiffened during his last start in New York on Friday, but he threw a bullpen session on Monday afternoon and said on Tuesday that he felt good.
Johnson also said that Dan Haren, who has been on the disabled list since June 23, will throw a simulated game on Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, the veteran right-hander will reclaim his spot in the starting rotation on July 8 or 9.
"It depends on how [Haren] comes through tomorrow," Johnson said. "But the ball's coming out of his hand real good, his cutter had a little better tilt. Everything's good."
• If outfielder Bryce Harper is named to the All-Star Game roster on Saturday, Johnson said that he will not limit the 20-year-old's playing time.
"I think it's a great honor. I think you go," Johnson said of Harper, who is currently fourth in the outfield voting. "I think he's well-rested, [he can] get some more ABs."
• Lucas Giolito, the Nationals' top choice in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, will make his first professional start on Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Giolito, the Nationals' No. 3 prospect, had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in August but has fully recovered. He is expected to throw one or two innings in his season debut.
• Wilson Ramos (left hamstring) went 0-for-3 and caught nine innings in his second rehab appearance at Class A Potomac on Tuesday. Johnson said that Ramos will play again on Wednesday and is still on track to return to the Nationals on Thursday.
• The Nationals on Tuesday outrighted reliever Cole Kimball to Triple-A Syracuse, clearing a spot on their 40-man roster.
• The Nationals on Tuesday agreed to terms with seven international free agents: right-handed pitcher Edwin Adames, catcher Jose Cabello, right-handed pitcher Angel Guillen, left-handed pitcher Jose Jimenez, outfielder Victor Robles, outfielder Dany Rojas and catcher Edwin Trejos.
Adames, Jimenez, Robles and Rojas are natives of the Dominican Republic, while Cabello and Guillen are from Venezuela and Trejos is from Panama. All seven of the prospects are 16 years old.
Rojas signed for $100,000, according to a press release by the Dominican Prospect League. Terms of the other six deals were not announced.
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. Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.