Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters before last night’s game that though they hadn’t yet made a final decision, Erick Fedde was likely going to come up to start against the New York Yankees tonight in the second game of two in Yankee Stadium.
“We haven’t decided yet,” Martinez explained. “I could tell you that it’s Fedde’s turn, but we haven’t decided whether we’re going to do that or something else.”
Something else? What other options were there? Starter-by-committee?
“Could be possibly,” Martinez said. “We’ll have to see what happens today.”
After the 3-0 loss to the Yankees, the Nationals’ manager made it official.
“We’re going to call up Fedde,” he said. “We’ll make a corresponding move tomorrow.”
This afternoon, the Nationals announced that Trevor Gott was optioned back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time in two weeks, just three days after he was recalled to the majors, with Fedde joining the Nats in New York.
Fedde will be making his second start of the season after giving up six hits and three runs (two in his final inning of work) in a May 23rd outing against the San Diego Padres in D.C.
Martinez liked what he saw from Fedde in that start, after which the 25-year-old righty was returned to Triple-A.
“Threw strikes, for the most part stayed ahead in counts and he did really well,” Martinez said.
In three starts with the Nationals’ top affiliate since his 2018 debut in the majors, the 2014 1st Round pick has given up 24 hits and 10 runs in 15 1⁄3 IP for the Chiefs (5.87 ERA), which left him with a 4.92 ERA overall in 56 1⁄3 IP at Triple-A this season.
Tonight in New York, the right-hander will have to take on a tough Yankees’ team that’s won 34 of their last 44 games after last night’s 3-0 win over the Nats.