MLB.com's Bill Ladson (@washingnats) reported on Twitter this afternoon that RHP Yunesky Maya had been sent back to Triple-A Syracuse, where he'd started the season with the Washington Nationals' top affiliate, while Collin Balester, who has shuttled back and forth twice already this season, was once again destined for the nation's capital where he'll join the Nats for tonight's game against St. Louis. Maya made four starts after being called up to replace Tom Gorzelanny, in which he allowed 25 hits, 15 runs, all earned and eight walks while striking out 10 in 19.2 IP. The Cuban-born right-hander was coming off what was arguably his best start as a pro out in San Francisco, where he'd given up just one run on four hits in six innings on the mound, but in his other three starts, including last night's he was unable to escape the fifth.
Gorzelanny was DL'd with elbow issues, but has since returned to action, making one start for the Syracuse Chiefs, for whom he threw 4.0 innings earlier this week, surrendering five hits, one HR and four runs total, all earned. Balester gave up two runs on five hits in a third of an inning's work on June 7th, but before that the right-hander had thrown 10.1 scoreless, walking four and striking out nine over that stretch.
Late this afternoon, in his pregame meeting with the D.C. press, Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman announced that Gorzelanny would in fact make his next scheduled start on Sunday. Will Balester stay this time, or is it another quick trip to the majors for the reliever.