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Nationals Recall Ryan Mattheus; Option Xavier Cedeno To Triple-A Syracuse

The Washington Nationals announced before this afternoon's game that they had recalled right-hander Ryan Mattheus from Triple-A Syracuse after optioning the reliever to their top affiliate earlier this month. Left-hander Xavier Cedeno was once again optioned out to make room for Mattheus.

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In four stints with the Washington Nationals this season, 27-year-old lefty Xavier Cedeno has pitched a total of 1 1/3 innings so far in 2013. The former Houston Astros reliever who was selected off waiver by the Nats this past April was called up for the fourth time last week after the Nationals traded both David DeJesus and Kurt Suzuki away. He never got into a game, however, and the Nats announced this afternoon that Cedeno had once again been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for the return of right-hander Ryan Mattheus.

Mattheus, 29, was optioned to the Nationals' top affliate back on August 15th, after he struggled upon returning from the DL for a broken hand suffered when he punched a locker in Petco Park after a rough outing against the Padres earlier this season. Mattheus had a 9.45 ERA in 6 2/3 IP between July 26-August 14th with opposing hitters posting a .393/.514/.500 line. He had a 1.69 ERA in 5 1/3 IP for the Syracuse Chiefs once he was sent down earlier this month, giving up just six hits, a walk and one earned run before he was called back up to the majors this afternoon.

In his 66 games and 66 1/3 IP for the Nats last season, Mattheus had a 2.85 ERA, a 4.42 FIP, 19 walks (2.58 BB/9) and 41 Ks (5.87 K/9) for the NL East division champions. In 23 IP this season, the right-handed reliever had a 6.29 ERA, a 3.29 FIP, 12 walks (4.70 BB/9) and 15 Ks (5.87 K/9) before he was optioned. The Nationals announced the latest move this afternoon before the start of their three-game set with the Miami Marlins: