Potentially in need of length out of the bullpen on Sunday, the Washington Nationals called Austin Voth up from Triple-A Syracuse, since he was scheduled to start. Gio Gonzalez gave Davey Martinez’s squad seven innings of work on the mound, however, so the Nats’ skipper only had to use Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolittle.
It was the second-straight outing for Kintzler, and the third straight for Doolittle.
“We were stretched out a little bit, and I talked to Kintzler and Doolittle before the game and I [asked] them, ‘Hey, if we’re ahead are you guys available?’ and they said, ‘Absolutely.’ So it was good to see those two step it up, and [Trevor] Gott was available, I mean they were all ready, so kudos to those guys.”
With the bullpen overworked early this season, however, the Nationals made the decision to add another arm to the mix, calling right-hander Wander Suero up from Triple-A Syracuse.
Voth was optioned back to the Nationals’ top affiliate to make room on the roster.
Suero, 26, split the 2017 campaign between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse and was added to the 40-Man roster this winter after posting a 1.96 ERA, a 3.14 FIP, five walks (1.96 BB/9), and 23 Ks (9.00 K/9) in 23 innings with the Senators and a 1.70 ERA, 2.79 FIP, 14 walks (2.98 BB/9), and 42 Ks (8.93 K/9) in 42 1⁄3 IP for the Chiefs.
After dealing with tightness in his side this Spring, Suero returned to Triple-A, making four appearances so far, over which he’s given up six hits and three earned runs.
Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, Suero led the Nationals’ Minor League system with 20 saves last season. He’ll be making his MLB debut when/if he gets in a game.
#Nationals: #Nats recall Wander Suero from Triple-A Syracuse and option right-handed pitcher Austin Voth to Syracuse.— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 30, 2018