The Washington Nationals announced two more roster additions this morning after reporters had noticed new nameplates on lockers in the Nats' clubhouse. Veteran left-hander Zach Duke, who led the Triple-A International League in wins this year and reliever Christian Garcia, who dominated opposing hitters in the late innings, were both selected from Syracuse this morning with RHP Henry Rodriguez (who had elbow surgery this weekend) placed on the 60-Day DL. The Nationals announced the moves via Twitter:
Nationals select RHP Christian Garcia (#56) & LHP Zach Duke (#30) from Syracuse. RHP Henry Rodriguez transferred to 60-Day DL.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) September 3, 2012
Duke, 29, who has pitched for the Pirates and D-Backs over the course of seven major league seasons, was (15-5) with a 3.51 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 39 walks (2.14 BB/9) and 91 Ks (4.98 K/9) in 26 starts and 164.1 IP for the Nationals' top affiliate this year. Garcia, 27, a former New York Yankees' prospect, will be making his MLB debut if/when he gets into a game with the Nationals. The right-hander pitched at Double and Triple-A in the Nats' system this season, posting a (1-0) record with seven saves, a 1.80 ERA, 1.30 FIP, six walks (2.70 BB/9) and 28 Ks (12.60 K/9) in 18 games and 20.0 IP at Double-A Harrisburg this season and putting up a ridiculous 0.56 ERA, 1.87 FIP, 11 BB (3.06 BB/9) and 38 Ks (10.58 K/9) in 27 games and 32.1 IP at Triple-A Syracuse where he saved 14 games.
• Federal Baseball contributor "Saratoga County Sports" profiled Garcia a few weeks back if you missed it. It's must-read-ish if you're unfamiliar with the pitcher: