Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes reported last night that the Washington Nationals, who optioned Erick Fedde back to Triple-A after he started on Wednesday, would call up right-hander reliever Justin Miller, the 30-year-old former Tiger and Rockie who signed a Minor League deal with the Nats this winter.
Miller threw 13 2⁄3 scoreless at Triple-A, walking just three batters (1.98 BB/9), and striking out 23 of 46 hitters he faced (15.15 K/9) while holding hitters to a combined .070 average.
As noted in the WaPost article, the reliever put up impressive numbers, and “... the Nationals had to give Miller a shot before June 15, when he could opt out of the minor league contract he signed in January.”
Miller, a 2008 16th Round pick by the Texas Rangers, debuted with the Detroit Tigers back in 2014, and he’s put up a 4.99 ERA, a 3.81 FIP, 33 walks (3.36 BB/9), 88 Ks (8.97 K/9), and a .249/.321/.440 line against in 88 1⁄3 IP for the Tigers (‘14) and Colorado Rockies (2015-16) so far in his major league career.
He spent the 2017 season in the Los Angeles Angels’ system, putting up a 5.48 ERA and a 4.68 FIP, with eight walks (1.57 BB/9) and 33 Ks (7.24 K/9) in 46 innings.
When the Nationals brought Fedde up, they designated veteran right-hander Carlos Torres for assignment after the 35-year-old put up a 6.52 ERA, a 6.52 FIP, three walks (2.79 BB/9), nine Ks (8.38 K/9), and a .243/.317/.514 line against in 9 2⁄3 IP after he signed a minor league deal with Washington in late March.
The Nationals made the official announcement on Miller joining the major league bullpen this afternoon, in advance of the start of their three-game series with the Marlins in Miami this weekend.