Ross Ohlendorf's last outing for the Washington Nationals ended after just eleven pitches. Brought on in relief of Gio Gonzalez in Comerica Park in Detroit, Ohlendorf, who'd thrown 114 pitches the previous Friday in seven innings of work against the New York Mets, lasted for just 11 pitches against the Tigers before his lack of control and decreased velocity caused concern.
"He had five days," Davey Johnson said of the time between the outing at home against New York and the abbreviated outing in Detroit, "but he was a little sore coming out of his last start and didn't recover. So he should be all right. Doctor examined him, didn't look like there was any damage or anything." Johnson told reporters he thought Ohlendorf would be fine and said he didn't anticipate having to make any moves to replace him.
This morning, however, when reporters arrived on the scene in Miller Park in Milwaukee, the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore noticed a new, though familiar, face in the Nationals' clubhouse:
Lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno is here from Syracuse. Not sure what the corresponding move is.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) August 4, 2013
The Nationals made the official announcement just moments later:
The #Nationals today placed RHP Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-Day DL, (retro to 8/1) and recalled LHP Xavier Cedeno from Syracuse.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 4, 2013
The Nationals' press release on the move says it's "right shoulder inflammation" bothering Ohlendorf, who is (2-0) with a 1.85 ERA, a 2.89 FIP, nine walks (2.38 BB/9) and 29 Ks (7.68 K/9) in 10 games, two starts and 34.0 IP for the Nats this season.
It's the third time up for the 26-year-old Cedeno, who was claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros earlier this year. He's pitched just 1 1/3 innings for Washington, however. In 30 games at Triple-A Syracuse, the left-hander is (1-0) with three saves, a 1.40 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 12 walks (4.21 BB/9) and 34 Ks (11.92 K/9) in 25 2/3 innings of work.