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Washington Nationals recall reliever Rafael Martin from Triple-A Syracuse

With everyone waiting for the Washington Nationals to announce tomorrow night's starter, the Nats announced this afternoon that they were bringing right-handed reliever Rafael Martin to the majors to work out of the bullpen.

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Though they have yet to announce who will start tomorrow night's matchup against the New York Mets in the nation's capital, the Washington Nationals did call up a reliever this afternoon with the bullpen taxed and Stephen Strasburg on the DL.

Triple-A Syracuse right-hander Rafael Martin, who made his major league debut last season, was recalled, according to a note from the Nationals on Twitter.

In 29 appearances this season with the Nationals' top minor league affiliate, Martin has earned 14 saves, going (1-3) with a 4.40 ERA and a 4.52 FIP in 29 games and 28 ⅔ innings pitched.

Martin, 32, was (2-0) in 13 games in the majors last season, putting up a 5.11 ERA and a 4.76 FIP in 12 ⅓ IP, over which he walked five (3.65 BB/9) and struck out 25 (18.24 K/9).

Will Martin just be up for a day before the Nationals call up a starter for the second game of three with the Mets in D.C.?

Martin, of course, was discovered by the Nationals when he was pitching in the Mexican League and signed in 2010. He impressed in his first major league stint, but was only up for a few weeks in April and then again in September.