The Washington Nationals recalled 26-year-old lefty Sammy Solis early this month when David Carpenter went on the Paternity List, but Solis was optioned back to Double-A Harrisburg four days later to make room for the return of Jordan Zimmermann, who was returning from a day on the Paternity List.
Solis threw a scoreless inning of relief work against the Cincinnati Reds while he was up, giving him 10 innings pitched in the majors this season after the 2010 2nd Round pick made his MLB debut on April 30th.
Solis was called back up again this afternoon with the Nationals placing right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-Day DL retroactive to July 12th with right shoulder inflammation.
Carpenter, 30, was acquired from the New York Yankees in early June after he was designated for assignment by the Yankees.
In eight appearances and six innings pitched out of the Nats' bullpen since the trade, which sent minor league infielder Tony Renda to NY, Carpenter has given up just one earned run (1.50 ERA).
Since they added Carpenter to the 'pen, the Nationals were using the veteran righty in the eighth inning of close games, with Carpenter earning four holds in his time with Washington, over which he's held opposing hitters to a combined .217/.280/.348 line.
Solis is (1-0) in his time in the majors, with a 4.50 ERA, a 5.48 FIP, two walks and four Ks. He was placed on the DL in mid-May with left shoulder inflammation.
Between trips to the majors and the stint on the Disabled List, Solis has gone (0-3) with a 6.75 ERA, a 3.15 FIP, five walks and 11 Ks for the Double-A Senators.
So who will Nats' skipper Matt Williams turn to in the eighth with Carpenter down for now? Casey Janssen talked last week about wanting to show the Nationals they could trust him after he started the season on the DL and had a few shaky outings. Matt Thornton vs lefties? Will Blake Treinen or Aaron Barrett be given more high-leverage work? Does the injury to Carpenter force the Nationals to make a move with the non-waiver trade deadline now fourteen days away? The Nats now have three lefties in the bullpen with Solis, Thornton and Felipe Rivero.
The #Nats have recalled LHP Sammy Solis from Harrisburg and placed RHP David Carpenter on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 17, 2015
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