Neither Dusty Baker or Washington Nationals' reliever Matt Belisle speculated after last night's loss about whether the right calf strain Belisle suffered during his eighth inning appearances against the Philadelphia Phillies would lead to the 35-year-old landing on the Disabled List.
"RIght now he's being evaluated. He has a mild [right] calf strain and we're trying to decide the severity of it,' Baker said.
Belisle couldn't say if the calf issue, which he said was similar to a strain he suffered while preparing for the season this winter, would force him to the DL.
"I don't know if we're going to get an image or not, but just let it calm down and determine tomorrow, cause nothing good could have come today. Tomorrow we'll have a real good idea."
This afternoon, the Nationals announced that the veteran reliever would in fact end up on the 15-Day DL.
Sammy Solis, 27, was called up from Triple-A Syracuse to take Belisle's place in the bullpen.
Solis, a 2010 2nd Round pick who debuted in the majors last season, has gotten off to a strong start at Triple-A Syracuse this season, putting up a 1.00 ERA, a 1.20 FIP, three walks (3.00 BB/9) and 14 Ks (14.00 K/9) in six games and nine innings out of the Chiefs' bullpen.
In eighteen games and 21 ⅓ innings in the majors last season, the left-hander posted a 3.38 ERA and a 3.46 FIP, with four walks (1.69 BB/9) and 14 Ks (7.17 K/9) from the 34 batters he faced in what was his first season working as a reliever.
Through seven appearances and six innings pitched this season, Belisle has a 1.50 ERA, a 2.60 FIP, one walk (1.50 BB/9) and three Ks (4.50 K/9).
The Nationals made the announcement via their official Twitter account: