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Nationals recall Wander Suero and Austin Voth

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitchers Wander Suero and Austin Voth from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. Additionally, the Nationals placed left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 7) with left toe inflammation and optioned right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
 
Suero, 26, returns for his third major league stint of the season. He has appeared in 15 games for the Nationals, going 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA. Suero has offered scoreless relief in 11 of his 15 outings.
 
Voth, 26, is 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A Syracuse to start the season.
 
Doolittle, 31, is 3-2 with 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA in 35 games out of the bullpen. His 22 saves ranks fourth among National League relievers.
 
Rodriguez, 24, has appeared in five games (three starts), pitching to a 6.86 ERA (15 ER/19.2 IP) with 17 strikeouts.
 

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitchers Wander Suero and Austin Voth from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. Additionally, the Nationals placed left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 7) with left toe inflammation and optioned right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
 
Suero, 26, returns for his third major league stint of the season. He has appeared in 15 games for the Nationals, going 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA. Suero has offered scoreless relief in 11 of his 15 outings.
 
Voth, 26, is 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A Syracuse to start the season.
 
Doolittle, 31, is 3-2 with 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA in 35 games out of the bullpen. His 22 saves ranks fourth among National League relievers.
 
Rodriguez, 24, has appeared in five games (three starts), pitching to a 6.86 ERA (15 ER/19.2 IP) with 17 strikeouts.
 

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Nationals reinstate Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated catcher Matt Wieters from the 10-day disabled list and optioned catcher Pedro Severino to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Wieters, 32, returns to the active roster after being placed on the disabled list on May 11 with a left hamstring strain. Prior to his injury, he hit .231 with one double, three home runs, seven RBI, 10 walks and six runs scored in 23 games.

The Washington Nationals recalled from rehab and reinstated catcher Matt Wieters from the 10-day disabled list and optioned catcher Pedro Severino to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Wieters, 32, returns to the active roster after being placed on the disabled list on May 11 with a left hamstring strain. Prior to his injury, he hit .231 with one double, three home runs, seven RBI, 10 walks and six runs scored in 23 games.

Severino, 24, appeared in 63 games this season hitting .171 with nine doubles, two home runs, 15 RBI, 17 walks and 13 runs scored.

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Mark Reynolds named NL Player of the Week

Following a week in which he hit .625 (10-for-16) with two doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, three walks and seven runs scored in seven games, Nationals infielder Mark Reynolds was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Reynolds, 34, is taking home his fourth career Player of the Week honor and his first since April 25, 2010 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reynolds week included his second career walk-off home run, a pinch-hit solo shot on Friday against Miami followed by an historic performance on Saturday. He went 5-for-5 with a double, two home runs, 10 RBI and three runs scored in Washington's 18-4 win.

Following a week in which he hit .625 (10-for-16) with two doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, three walks and seven runs scored in seven games, Nationals infielder Mark Reynolds was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Reynolds, 34, is taking home his fourth career Player of the Week honor and his first since April 25, 2010 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reynolds week included his second career walk-off home run, a pinch-hit solo shot on Friday against Miami followed by an historic performance on Saturday. He went 5-for-5 with a double, two home runs, 10 RBI and three runs scored in Washington's 18-4 win.

With his 10 RBI performance, Reynolds matched a Nationals record (2005-pres.) and became the 15th player in Major League history to record 10 RBI in a game. He is the fourth player in Major League history to record a perfect day at the plate while collecting at least 10 RBI joining St. Louis' Jim Bottomley (9/16/24 vs. BRO), Anthony Rendon (4/30/17 vs. NYM) and Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett (6/6/17 vs. STL).

Reynolds' award is the third weekly award for the Nationals in 2018, joining Max Scherzer (April 16) and Adam Eaton (April 2). Other league awards garnered by the Nationals this year include: Juan Soto (Rookie of the Month - June) and Max Scherzer (Pitcher of the Month - April and May).

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Sean Doolittle, Bryce Harper, and Max Scherzer Named National League All-Stars

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle, outfielder Bryce Harper and right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer have been selected to represent the Washington Nationals in the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In addition, shortstop Trea Turner was named one of five candidates for the National League Final Vote. The 2018 All-Star teams were unveiled on Sunday on the "Camping World All-Star Selection Show" on ESPN.

Doolittle earned his second All-Star nod - first since 2014 with Oakland - by pacing National League relievers in strikeout-to-walk ratio (16.33) opp. OBP (.167) and WHIP (0.54) entering play on Sunday. He leads the National League with a 95.7 save percentage (22-for-23), while his 22 saves rank fourth in the National League.

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle, outfielder Bryce Harper and right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer have been selected to represent the Washington Nationals in the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In addition, shortstop Trea Turner was named one of five candidates for the National League Final Vote. The 2018 All-Star teams were unveiled on Sunday on the "Camping World All-Star Selection Show" on ESPN.

Doolittle earned his second All-Star nod - first since 2014 with Oakland - by pacing National League relievers in strikeout-to-walk ratio (16.33) opp. OBP (.167) and WHIP (0.54) entering play on Sunday. He leads the National League with a 95.7 save percentage (22-for-23), while his 22 saves rank fourth in the National League.

In 15 games dating to May 22 vs. San Diego, Doolittle has gone 2-0 while converting all 12 saves. During this stretch, he has allowed just one earned run in 16.2 IP (0.54 ERA). Doolittle has thrown at least 1.0 inning without issuing a walk in a Major League record 29 straight appearances.

Harper will start in the National League outfield for the fourth consecutive year and for the fifth time overall. The 2018 Midsummer Classic will mark Harper's sixth All-Star appearance in seven Major League seasons. Harper entered play on Sunday ranked second in the National League and first among National League outfielders with 22 home runs.

In 16 games dating to June 21, Harper is hitting .271 (13-for-48) with a .478 on-base percentage (20 walks/18 strikeouts), a .542 slugging percentage (7 doubles, 2 home runs) and a 1.020 OPS. His nine extra-base hits since June 21 are tied for fourth in the National League over this stretch.

This is the sixth consecutive All-Star selection for Scherzer, four of which have been with the Nationals. Scherzer is 11-5 with a 2.33 ERA in 19 starts this season. He leads National League pitchers in strikeouts (177), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (12.48), opp. AVG (.179), opp. OBP (.243), hits allowed per 9.0 IP (5.78) and WHIP (0.89). According to FanGraphs.com, he leads all National League pitchers in Wins Above Replacement (4.3).

Scherzer posted a nine-game winning streak from April 9 to June 5, the longest winning streak in Major League Baseball in 2018. Within that streak, Scherzer was named National League Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 9 to 16 and garnered back-to-back National League Pitcher of the Month awards for April (5-0, 1.62 ERA, 57 SO, 9 BB, .165 opp. AVG) and May (2-0, 1.13 ERA, 21 SO, BB, 3 H).

Trea Turner leads National League shortstops in Wins Above Replacement (3.2), according to FanGraphs.com. He is hitting .282 with 14 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 40 walks, 22 stolen bases and 54 runs scored in 88 games. His 22 stolen bases rank third in the National League.

Over his last 18 games, Turner is 28-for-74 (.378) with one double, one triple, four homers, 12 RBI, six walks, two stolen bases and 17 runs scored. His 17 runs scored since June 19 are tied for third in the National League over this stretch. Turner has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, posting multi-hit efforts in seven of the 10.

Doolittle, Harper and Scherzer join the following players in representing Washington's hometown club in an All-Star Game held in Washington, D.C.

1969 All-Star Game

1962 All-Star Game

1956 All-Star Game

1937 All-Star Game

Frank Howard - OF*

Dave Stenhouse - RHP

Mickey Vernon - 1B*

Rick Ferrell - C

Darold Knowles - LHP

 

Roy Sievers - OF

Wes Ferrell - RHP

     

Buddy Myer - INF

 

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Nationals prospects Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia named to the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

Washington Nationals prospects Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia have been selected to participate in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game as a part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Sunday. Major League Baseball made the announcement.

Kieboom, 20, is hitting .314 with 20 doubles, 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 42 walks, seven stolen bases and 57 runs scored in 77 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. His .314 batting average ranks second among full-season Nationals farmhands, while his 13 home runs are tied for third in the system.

Washington Nationals prospects Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia have been selected to participate in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game as a part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Sunday. Major League Baseball made the announcement.

Kieboom, 20, is hitting .314 with 20 doubles, 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 42 walks, seven stolen bases and 57 runs scored in 77 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. His .314 batting average ranks second among full-season Nationals farmhands, while his 13 home runs are tied for third in the system.

Kieboom began the season with Potomac - where he was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star - before being promoted to Harrisburg on June 21. At the time of his promotion to Harrisburg, he ranked among Carolina League hitters in RBI (3rd, 46), hits (3rd, 73), home runs (T3rd, 11) and batting average (7th, .298). In 15 games with the Senators, he is hitting .383 (23-for-50) with a .567 slugging percentage (five doubles, two homers).

Kieboom entered the 2018 season rated by MLB.com as Washington's No. 3 prospect and by Baseball America as the organization's No. 4 prospect. He was selected in the first round (No. 28 overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.
  
Garcia, 18, will represent the Washington Nationals as a member of the World Team. Recently promoted to Single-A Potomac, Garcia is hitting .294 with 14 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 31 RBI, 21 walks, eight stolen bases and 50 runs scored in 80 games between Single-A Hagerstown and Potomac this season. His .294 batting average is good for sixth among full-season Nationals farmhands. At 17-years-old at the start of the 2018 season, Garcia produced those numbers as the youngest player in the South Atlantic League.

As the second-youngest player in the Gulf Coast League in 2017, Garcia ranked 10th in the league with a .302 batting average and was third with 60 hits. His .302 average ranked second among Nationals farmhands in 2017.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2016, Garcia entered the 2018 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 6 prospect in Washington's system and by MLB.com as the No. 9 prospect. 

The 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 15th at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The game, which is now in its 20th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 12-7.

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Nationals recall Jefry Rodriguez

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rodriguez, 24, joins the Nationals for his fourth Major League stint of the season. He has appeared in three games (two starts), pitching to a 5.93 ERA (9 ER/13.2 IP) with 12 strikeouts. The Nationals have won each of his two starts.

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rodriguez, 24, joins the Nationals for his fourth Major League stint of the season. He has appeared in three games (two starts), pitching to a 5.93 ERA (9 ER/13.2 IP) with 12 strikeouts. The Nationals have won each of his two starts.

Fedde, 25, is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA (18 ER/28.0 IP) in six starts for Washington this season. He earned his first career win on June 29 at Philadelphia.

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Nationals reinstate Matt Adams

The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated infielder/outfielder Matt Adams from the 10-day disabled list and designated left-handed pitcher Tim Collins for assignment on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Adams, 31, returns to the active roster after missing 16 games with a fractured left index finger. Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Adams hit .275 with seven doubles, 13 home runs, 36 RBI, 16 walks and 24 runs scored in 57 games. The Nationals went 26-12 in his 38 starts prior to the injury.

The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated infielder/outfielder Matt Adams from the 10-day disabled list and designated left-handed pitcher Tim Collins for assignment on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Adams, 31, returns to the active roster after missing 16 games with a fractured left index finger. Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Adams hit .275 with seven doubles, 13 home runs, 36 RBI, 16 walks and 24 runs scored in 57 games. The Nationals went 26-12 in his 38 starts prior to the injury.

From April 25 to June 16, Adams ranked third in the National League with 11 home runs and was tied for seventh with 32 RBI over this span. On the season, he ranked just outside of the top 10 in the National League with 13 home runs when he was placed on the disabled list on June 16.

Collins, 28, appeared in 17 games out of Washington's bullpen. He recorded two holds while posting a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP).

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Nationals agree to terms with 17 international free agents

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with 17 international free agents on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Vice President of International Operations Johnny DiPuglia made the joint announcement.

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The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with 17 international free agents on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Vice President of International Operations Johnny DiPuglia made the joint announcement.

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PLAYER                POS         B/T          HT     WT      AGE      D.O.B.     HOMETOWN    SIGNING SCOUT

Jeisel Acosta             C          R/R        6'0"     170      16          9/4/01      Santo Domingo             Modesto Ulloa

Yeuri Amparo             OF       R/R        6'2"     170      16          9/25/01    Hato Mayor                    Modesto Ulloa

Isan Louis Castillo     SS        R/R 6'1"     160      16          12/3/01    Santo Domingo              Modesto Ulloa

Dariel Cotes               CF        L/L        5'10" 155      16           2/4/02      San Pedro de Macorís  Virgilio De Leon

Jeremy De La Rosa    OF       L/L        5'11"    160      16           1/16/02    Santo Domingo Modesto Ulloa

Raymi Gomez             CF       S/R       6'0"      150      18           10/28/99 Hato Mayor                  Virgilio De Leon

Bernardo Hiraldo        RHS     R/R       6'2" 160      18            5/20/00    Monte Plata                 Modesto Ulloa        

Luis Jimenez              RHS     R/R       6'2"      165 16           7/6/01      Puerto Plata                 Modesto Ulloa

Daniel Marte                CF      R/R       6'0" 165       16          1/14/02    Sabana Grande de Palenque Virgilio De Leon

Edwin Mercedes         C         R/R       6'1"       180       16          10/26/01 Santo Domingo              Modesto Ulloa

Jose Mercedes           RHS     R/R      6'5"       178       18 6/2/00      La Romana Modesto Ulloa

Erick Tejeda                INF       R/R      6'4" 162          16        12/26/01 Santo Domingo              Modesto Ulloa

 

PANAMA

PLAYER             POS     B/T      HT      WT       AGE D.O.B.    HOMETOWN     SIGNING SCOUT

Jose Cedeno      RHS     R/R      6'3" 170       16       10/5/01    Chitré                 Miguel Ruiz

Kevin Rodriguez RHS     R/R   6'1"     145       17       8/13/00    Panama City      Miguel Ruiz

 

VENEZUELA

PLAYER POS   B/T          HT WT          AGE D.O.B.     HOMETOWN       SIGNING SCOUT

Jose Atencio    RHS         R/R      5'11"        165          16          9/18/01    Maracaibo            Ronald Morillo

Delkis Basanta    CF R/R      6'3"         175          16          2/4/02      El Tigrito               Salvador Donadelli

Yoander Rivero   SS R/R 5'9"        148          16          11/22/01 Barquisimeto         Oscar Alvarado

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Juan Soto named National League Rookie of the Month

Following a month in which he hit .317 (26-for-82) with six doubles, six homers, 15 RBI, 18 walks and 19 runs scored in 24 games, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was named the National League Rookie of the Month on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Soto, 19, led National League rookies in batting average (.317), on-base percentage (.440), slugging percentage (.610), OPS (1.050), home runs (6) and walks (18). He ranked second in doubles (6), hits (26) and was third with 15 RBI for the month. He hit safely in 18 of the 24 games and reached base safely in 22 of the 24 games during the month of June.

Following a month in which he hit .317 (26-for-82) with six doubles, six homers, 15 RBI, 18 walks and 19 runs scored in 24 games, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was named the National League Rookie of the Month on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Soto, 19, led National League rookies in batting average (.317), on-base percentage (.440), slugging percentage (.610), OPS (1.050), home runs (6) and walks (18). He ranked second in doubles (6), hits (26) and was third with 15 RBI for the month. He hit safely in 18 of the 24 games and reached base safely in 22 of the 24 games during the month of June.

The highlights of Soto's first full month in the Major Leagues came on June 13 at New York (AL) and June 29 at Philadelphia, when he recorded his first two career multi-home run games. By recording two multi-home run games, he became the fourth teenager in Major League history to record at least two multi-home run games (Bryce Harper - 2012, Ken Griffey Jr - 1989, Mel Ott - 1928). He finished the June 29 contest by going 4-for-6 with five RBI and three runs scored, becoming the first teenager in MLB history to record a four-hit, two-home run game.

Soto made his Major League debut on May 20, however, his game log dates to May 15 due to the suspended game against the New York Yankees. Since May 15, he ranks among National League rookies in walks (1st, 23), home runs (1st, 8), runs (2nd, 25), RBI (T2nd, 21), doubles (3rd, 9), and hits (3rd, 39). Among all Major League rookies this season (min. 145 PA), he leads in batting average (.310), on-base percentage (.416), slugging percentage (.571) and OPS (.988).

Soto's award is the third monthly award for the Nationals in 2018, joining Max Scherzer's back-to-back National League Pitcher of the Month awards for April and May. This award marks the fourth taken home by a Nationals player so far in 2018. In addition to Scherzer's Pitcher of the Month (April, May) and Player of the Week (April 16) awards Adam Eaton won the first National League Player of the Week Award on April 2.

This marks the sixth National League Rookie of the Month award in Nationals history, joining Trea Turner (Sept./Oct. 2016, Aug. 2016), Bryce Harper (Sept./Oct. 2012, May 2012) and Ryan Church (May 2005).

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Nationals reinstate right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler

The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Kintzler, 33, returns to the active roster after missing 12 games with a right forearm flexor strain. He appeared in 31 of Washington's 64 games prior to being placed on the disabled list. On the season, Kintzler is 1-2 with two saves, 13 holds and a 4.45 ERA in 31 games. He has struck out 21 batters, walked 12 and has allowed just one home run. Kintzler's team-leading 13 holds this season rank tied for eighth among National League relievers.

The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Kintzler, 33, returns to the active roster after missing 12 games with a right forearm flexor strain. He appeared in 31 of Washington's 64 games prior to being placed on the disabled list. On the season, Kintzler is 1-2 with two saves, 13 holds and a 4.45 ERA in 31 games. He has struck out 21 batters, walked 12 and has allowed just one home run. Kintzler's team-leading 13 holds this season rank tied for eighth among National League relievers.

Rodriguez, 24, made his first Major League start on June 19 vs. Baltimore. In two starts for the Nationals he went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA, tossing 9.0 innings while striking out nine and allowing nine earned runs on nine hits while walking six batters.

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Nationals recall Jefry Rodriguez

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday and placed infielder Matt Adams on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 16) with a fractured left index finger. Additionally, the Nationals optioned right-handed pitcher Wander Suero to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Rodriguez, 24, joins the Nationals for his second Major League assignment of the season. He joins the Nationals after going 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A Harrisburg. He has recorded 72 strikeouts and held opposing batters to a .222 batting average. He has not allowed an earned run in his last three Double-A starts, surrendering just four hits and striking out 21 batters over this span.

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday and placed infielder Matt Adams on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 16) with a fractured left index finger. Additionally, the Nationals optioned right-handed pitcher Wander Suero to Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Rodriguez, 24, joins the Nationals for his second Major League assignment of the season. He joins the Nationals after going 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A Harrisburg. He has recorded 72 strikeouts and held opposing batters to a .222 batting average. He has not allowed an earned run in his last three Double-A starts, surrendering just four hits and striking out 21 batters over this span.

Rodriguez made his Major League debut on June 3 at Atlanta. He was called upon in the bottom of the first inning after Jeremy Hellickson left the game due to injury. Rodriguez impressed with 4.2 innings of four-hit, shutout ball. He struck out three batters while issuing just two walks.

Adams, 29, hit .275 (42-for-153) with seven doubles, 13 home runs, 36 RBI, 16 walks and 24 runs scored in 57 games so far in 2018.Suero, 26, went 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA (7 ER/17.1 IP) and 17 strikeouts in 15 games out of Washington's bullpen.

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Nationals acquire two-time All-Star and World Series champion Kelvin Herrera from Royals

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, Minor League outfielder Blake Perkins and Minor League right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Herrera, 28, has pitched to a 1.05 ERA (3 ER/25.2 IP) while converting 14 saves in 27 games for the Kansas City Royals in 2018. He has struck out 22 batters while issuing just two walks. Herrera did not issue his first walk until his 27th appearance, June 12 vs. Cincinnati. He has posted a 0.82 WHIP and opposing batters are hitting just .207 with a .283 slugging percentage (1 double, 2 home runs) against him.

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, Minor League outfielder Blake Perkins and Minor League right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Herrera, 28, has pitched to a 1.05 ERA (3 ER/25.2 IP) while converting 14 saves in 27 games for the Kansas City Royals in 2018. He has struck out 22 batters while issuing just two walks. Herrera did not issue his first walk until his 27th appearance, June 12 vs. Cincinnati. He has posted a 0.82 WHIP and opposing batters are hitting just .207 with a .283 slugging percentage (1 double, 2 home runs) against him.

A two-time American League All-Star (2015, 2016) and member of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, Herrera entered Monday ranked among American League relievers in WHIP (2nd, 0.82), ERA (1st, 1.05), opp. OBP (2nd, .223), walks per 9.0 IP (2nd, 0.70), strikeout-to-walk ratio (5th, 11.00) and saves (T8th, 14).

Herrera has appeared in 22 Postseason games, going 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA (4 ER/28.2 IP) and 38 strikeouts without allowing a home run along the way. He posted a 0.66 ERA (1 ER/13.2 IP) while striking out 22 batters in 11 games as the Royals went on to win the 2015 World Series. His 22 strikeouts were the second-highest by a relief pitcher in Postseason history, trailing only Francisco Rodriguez, who struck out 28 batters in 2002.

In eight Major League seasons, Herrera is 23-27 with 57 saves and a 2.75 ERA in 442 games out of Kansas City's bullpen. He ranked eighth in the American League with a career-high 26 saves in 2017. Since his first full season in the Major Leagues in 2012, Herrera has made at least 60 appearances in five of six seasons entering the 2018 campaign.

A native of Tenares, Dominican Republic, Herrera was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent, Dec. 18, 2006.

Perkins, 21, is hitting .236 with 11 doubles, one home run, 21 RBI, 40 walks and 38 runs scored in 63 games for Single-A Potomac. He was originally selected by Washington in the second round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Perkins was rated by Baseball America as the No. 11 prospect in Washington's system entering the 2018 season.

Gutierrez, 23, is hitting .274 with six doubles, three triples, five homers, 26 RBI, 16 walks, 10 stolen bases and 36 runs scored in 58 games with Double-A Harrisburg. He entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 12 prospect in Washington's Minor League system.

Morel, 17, was signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2017. He has appeared in one game with the DSL Nationals in 2018 (3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO).

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Nationals renew Player Development Contract with Short-Season Single-A Auburn

The Washington Nationals announced the signing of a two-year Player Development Contract extension with the Short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays on Thursday. The extension, which begins in 2019, runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement along with Jeff Dygert, Auburn Doubledays Team President and Auburn City Manager.

"The Auburn Doubledays have been a quality partner in our player development process for many years now," Rizzo said. "We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with both the organization and the community."

The Washington Nationals announced the signing of a two-year Player Development Contract extension with the Short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays on Thursday. The extension, which begins in 2019, runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement along with Jeff Dygert, Auburn Doubledays Team President and Auburn City Manager.

"The Auburn Doubledays have been a quality partner in our player development process for many years now," Rizzo said. "We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with both the organization and the community."

"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Auburn Doubledays," Harris said. "Auburn is often one of the first places our young players compete professionally, and their experiences with the club provide a foundation as they continue to move through our Minor League system."

The Nationals and Doubledays have been partners since 2011, making the upcoming 2018 season their eighth together. On Washington's 40-man roster, players such as Wilmer Difo, Erick Fedde, Koda Glover, Spencer Kieboom, Anthony Rendon, Victor Robles, Jefry Rodriguez, Pedro Severino, Juan Soto, Andrew Stevenson, and Austin Voth saw their respective paths to the Major Leagues go through Auburn.

"The Auburn Doubledays are pleased to announce that we have extended our Player Development Contract with the Washington Nationals," Dygert said. "The Nationals have supported our local operations since 2011 and we look forward to two more years working with them. This extension will benefit both organizations and will help us to continue to improve our local operations."

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Mark D. Lerner named managing principal owner

Today, the Washington Nationals announced that Theodore N. Lerner has stepped down as Managing Principal Owner of the team. His son, Mark D. Lerner, will now serve in this role. Mark has served as one of the principal owners of the Nationals since the Lerner family purchased the team in July 2006. Major League Baseball formally approved Mark as the team's "control person" earlier today during its quarterly ownership meeting in New York City.

"Owning a baseball team in my hometown had long been a dream of mine," said Ted Lerner. "Twelve years ago, when Major League Baseball selected my family as the owners of the Washington Nationals, I could not have been happier. I always knew that someday my son, Mark, would take over my role as Managing Principal Owner. That day has come. I look forward to watching him take the helm and help lead this team to a world championship."

Today, the Washington Nationals announced that Theodore N. Lerner has stepped down as Managing Principal Owner of the team. His son, Mark D. Lerner, will now serve in this role. Mark has served as one of the principal owners of the Nationals since the Lerner family purchased the team in July 2006. Major League Baseball formally approved Mark as the team's "control person" earlier today during its quarterly ownership meeting in New York City.

"Owning a baseball team in my hometown had long been a dream of mine," said Ted Lerner. "Twelve years ago, when Major League Baseball selected my family as the owners of the Washington Nationals, I could not have been happier. I always knew that someday my son, Mark, would take over my role as Managing Principal Owner. That day has come. I look forward to watching him take the helm and help lead this team to a world championship."

"Baseball has long been my passion," said Mark Lerner. "Since being awarded the team in 2006, my family has taken great pride in our fans and this team. We have always strived for excellence both on and off the field. That will not change. Our family will continue to put our fans first and do everything possible to bring a World Series trophy to D.C. It is incredibly special for my mother and father to be able to see me take the helm. And it means so much to me that they chose to make this change now."

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Nationals recall right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Fedde, 25, returns to the Nationals to make his second Major League start of the 2018 season. In 11 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, Fedde is 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA. He has struck out 61 batters in 56.2 IP (9.7 SO/9.0 IP) while issuing just 15 walks. He did not issue a walk in his previous two Minor League starts prior to this promotion.

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Fedde, 25, returns to the Nationals to make his second Major League start of the 2018 season. In 11 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, Fedde is 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA. He has struck out 61 batters in 56.2 IP (9.7 SO/9.0 IP) while issuing just 15 walks. He did not issue a walk in his previous two Minor League starts prior to this promotion.

Fedde made his first Major League start of the season on May 23 vs. San Diego. He allowed three earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. Fedde struck out six batters while walking just one.

Gott, 25, has appeared in18 games for the Nationals in 2018, going 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA along the way.

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