Signed to a minor league deal after he was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles and elected for free agency, Edwin Jackson reported to the Washington Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate in June.
Over 20 1⁄3 innings with the Syracuse Chiefs, the 33-year-old righty was (2-0) with a 0.44 ERA (1 ER), 10 walks, 22 Ks, and a .130 BAA, before the Nationals decided to call the veteran starter up to face the Los Angeles Angels tonight in the series opener in Anaheim.
Jackson is taking Joe Ross’s spot in the rotation after the right-hander injured his elbow and is headed for Tommy John surgery.
Dusty Baker declined to name Jackson the starter when reporters asked on Sunday in Cincinnati, saying simply, “we’ve decided, but we can’t say right now.”
GM Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Monday morning, however, that the one-time Nats’ starter (2012) would get an opportunity tonight.
“We’re going to give Edwin Jackson a chance to pitch Tuesday and see where he’s at in his career,” Rizzo told Sirius/XM hosts Craig Mish and Jim Bowden, “and hopefully — he’s pitched extremely well for us in Triple-A — and hopefully he can gives us a couple of really good starts and we won’t have the need to go and get ourselves a starting pitcher at the deadline.”
In order to make room on the roster for Jackson, and new relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, acquired from the Oakland A’s on Sunday, the Nationals announced this afternoon that they designated Jacob Turner for assignment (again) and optioned both Trevor Gott and Austin Adams back to Triple-A Syracuse.
With the additions and subtractions, the Nationals’ bullpen now features four lefties (Doolittle, Matt Grace, Oliver Perez and Enny Romero) and three right-handers (Matt Albers, Madson, and Joe Blanton).
Both Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover are currently working their way back, but are not likely to return any time soon.
The Nationals announced today’s moves via Twitter within the last few minutes: