Nationals to call up 42-year-old reliever Fernando Rodney

Chris Lingebach
June 24, 2019 - 8:55 pm
Nationals to call up 42-year-old reliever Fernando Rodney

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The Nationals are calling up veteran reliever Fernando Rodney ahead Tuesday's series opener against the Marlins, Jesse Dougherty reports for The Washington Post.

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The 42-year-old right-handed reliever, who signed a minor-league deal with Washington on June 1, has allowed four earned runs in nine appearances (eight innings) for Triple-A Fresno, commanding a 4.50 ERA with 11 strikeouts and nine walks. Rodney opened the year with Oakland, but was designated for assignment in late May after pitching to a 9.42 ERA in 14 1/3 innings.

The Nationals, after optioning Erick Fedde to Fresno after Sunday's game, have an open spot on their 25-man roster, and an open spot on their 40-man after releasing Trevor Rosenthal on Sunday.

By leaving him on their roster, the Nats appear to be giving their vote of confidence to 26-year-old Austin Voth, who impressed with six innings of two-run ball, in which he struck out seven Braves batters on Sunday.

Their three-game series in Miami starts Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

UPDATE: The Nationals are also calling up 34-year-old left-handed reliever Jonny Venters from Double-A Harrisburg, sources tell 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen

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