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Washington Nationals recall Trevor Gott; option Wilmer Difo to Triple-A

In need of bullpen help, the Washington Nationals turned to Trevor Gott today, calling the right-handed reliever up from Triple-A Syracuse.

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Heading into play today, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen, as a group, have a 4.97 ERA (second-highest in the NL), a 4.62 FIP (second-highest), 30 home runs allowed (fourth-highest), 1.59 HR/9 allowed (highest), a .267 BAA (highest), .313 BABIP-against (fourth-highest), and a 1.49 WHIP (sixth-highest).

The bullpen has been an issue from the start this season, but with Koda Glover, who took over the closer’s role, now injured, and on the DL, and the issues continuing, it seemed likely that the Nationals would have to make some moves.

Joe Blanton, who has struggled, returned from the 10-Day Disabled List on Sunday, after dealing with right shoulder inflammation.

This afternoon,’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Nationals would be calling up 24-year-old right-hander Trevor Gott:

Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes heard the same apparently:

As Rosenthal noted, Gott, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in the trade that sent Yunel Escobar to LA in 2015, has a 3.30 ERA, a 2.61 FIP, six walks (1.80 BB/9) and 28 Ks (8.40 K/9) in 30 IP, over which he’s held opposing hitters to a .256 AVG.

In order to make room on the roster for Gott, the Nationals optioned Wilmer Difo to Triple-A Syracuse: