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Nats promote 6 players in first round of September call-ups

Sep 1, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

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The Nationals added six players to their roster Monday in the first round of September call-ups, promoting relievers Aaron Barrett, Xavier Cedeno and Blake Treinen, catcher Sandy Leon, first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Class AAA Syracuse.

All six players will be active and available for Monday night’s series opener in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, the first available opportunity for clubs to expand their rosters to 40 for the remainder of the regular season.

None of the additions was particularly surprising; all have spent time on the Nationals’ roster at some point this season. Several, though, could immediately prove significant for a club trying to close out its second NL East title in three years.

Barrett was highly effective for the Nationals through the season’s first three months, posting a 1.67 ERA in the first 30 appearances of his big-league career. But the right-hander struggled in July, most notably after he had to tweak his mechanics to account for a balk called on him by umpire Joe West, and wound up getting demoted to Class AAA after allowing 10 runs in 6 2/3 innings. Barrett rediscovered his form at Syracuse over the last month, tossing eight scoreless innings while allowing only three batters to reach base.

Treinen also enjoyed success in multiple stints with the Nationals earlier this season, particularly as a fill-in starter. Barring injury, he’ll pitch out of the bullpen the rest of the way, hoping to continue the success that allowed him to post a 2.35 ERA in 11 big-league appearances and a 3.35 ERA in 16 minor-league appearances (all starts).

Cedeno gives the Nationals a fourth left-handed reliever for the stretch run, having completed three scoreless appearances earlier this season to go along with a 2.29 ERA in 35 games at Syracuse.

Moore rejoins the big-league club after a frustrating year in which he spent only minimal time on the big-league roster (he hit .214 with three homers in 34 games) and put up mediocre numbers at Class AAA (.265 average, 10 homers in 84 games).

Souza officially was activated off the 15-day disabled list following a rehab assignment with Syracuse for a shoulder injury. The International League MVP is 1-for-12 in limited big-league action.

Leon rejoins the Nationals roster once again to serve as the No. 3 catcher, affording manager Matt Williams an opportunity to use both Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton in a game and still have an emergency option.

Monday’s moves give the Nationals 31 players on their active roster for now. They could still add more over the next week, perhaps after Syracuse’s playoff run ends.

  1. David Proctor - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    The Mets have made SIX errors in this game.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Barves lose and no-hit. Magic #21 and 6 1/2 game lead.

    • stoatva - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Nooooo!!! 20!!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Even better! Whoops! Magic #20 Is it time for Mark Z to put up the countdown or still premature

    • rayvil01 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      I’ll say it: The Nats are going to have to give this to Atlanta. The Braves can’t come take it. Their offense just produced 1 run in three games…and they got golden horseshoe lucky to win that one. I can’t remember if they lost 4-0 or 5-0 on Saturday. But, the run differential over those three games was -11.

      That team should not scare the Nats.

      • veejh - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Except they still do. Until we start beating them on a regular basis, they still own us…..for now.

      • stoatva - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Rationally, no. But what baseball fan is rational in September?

    • Nats Amore - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Y’all still going to be calling him “Colbert” after that combined no-no? I’m guessing even the folks on this board just might cut Colbert a break when he does something great against Atlanta, but it’s a tough crowd in this room.

      • stoatva - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        The enemy of my enemy is my friend. For today.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        I give props to Cole for 1 day.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        The Prestigious Old School Way of Baseball would *never* have come out after a measly 106 pitches after only 6 innings. 150, 175, 200 … whatever it took. He’s still Fake Tough.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        And a big thank you.

      • rayvil01 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        I wasn’t watching the game. Wife comes in and said, “Phillies no-hit the Braves.”
        “Hamels?” “No, they brought a reliever out for the ninth.”
        “Hamels hurt?”

        106 pitches, a seven run lead, and he came out? What a wimp!

    • natsfan1a - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      hahahahahahahah

      Atlanta AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
      Heyward, RF 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .272
      Bonifacio, CF 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .277
      Freeman, F, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 2 2 .290
      Upton, J, LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 5 .286
      b-Constanza, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
      Johnson, C, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .270
      Gosselin, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .316
      Simmons, A, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .246
      Laird, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .215
      Teheran, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .083
      Avilan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
      a-Terdoslavich, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
      Shreve, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
      Jaime, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
      Russell, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

    • Section 222 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      If you’re going to try to be first, try to be right too. ;-)

  3. stoatva - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Treinen pick up a start or two from Roark or even Fister, both of whom have seemed to be on fumes recently by the sixth inning. Doubt if it will work that way.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Jonathan Papelbon is — to be charitable — not particularly articulate. And didn’t know if he had ever been part of a combined no-hitter before?

  5. letswin3 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Where’s the burner pinch hitter? There are a couple of candidates.

    • letswin3 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Correction, I meant pinch runner.

      • David Proctor - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Souza can run, but not really a speed demon. Taylor will be up at some point and he could do it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Kobernus and Eury Perez come on up!

  6. veejh - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Important game tonight w Kershaw tomorrow and a gift from the Phils today. A 7 game lead sounds so much better.

    • Section 222 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Only to people who still think the Braves still own the Nats. They don’t. Bring ‘em on.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        2’s, I like your confidence. I just want to run up the lead to 10 1/2 and I will pop the cork.

      • letswin3 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Good attitude!

      • veejh - Sep 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        They own us, but we own the division. I’ll take the latter…..and by the way, they do still own us.

      • masterfishkeeper - Sep 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Right. The Braves should be worried, having to play six more games against the best team in the league.

      • Section 222 - Sep 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Veejh, I’d like to know your definition of ownage. 9-4 on the season but losing the last 3 of 5 doesn’t really cut it.

  7. stoatva - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    How the heck has Phil Hughes won 15 for the Twinks?

  8. stoatva - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Adam Dunn hit what may be the shortest home run of his career in the first inning. Just grazed over the 367 sign. It was hit at least that high.

  9. thomaswell - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Taylor will be called up again to provide pinch runner options for our ….. slower vets

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