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Cole to Triple-A, Stammen to 60-day DL to make room for Ross

Jun 6, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

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To clear room on their roster for rookie pitcher Joe Ross, the Nationals made a pair of roster moves on Saturday in sending A.J. Cole down to Triple-A Syracuse and Craig Stammen to the 60-day disabled list. Ross will start the Nats’ afternoon matchup with the Chicago Cubs in his major league debut.

Cole, 23, heads down to the minors after getting called up just two days before. The right-hander has allowed six earned runs (11 total) off 14 hits and a walk in three MLB appearances this season.

Manager Matt Williams said the plan is to have Cole rejoin the Chiefs’ rotation.

“Just continue his progress, just continue throwing. Last time out he had a little issue with command of the strike zone, so he’s going to work on that. Just be ready in case that call comes again,” Williams explained.

Cole has a 3.26 ERA in six starts for Syracuse this season. He holds a 3.56 ERA in 104 total minor league games.

Stammen is transferred to the 60-day disabled list after landing on the 15-day DL on April 15. The veteran reliever had surgery on April 20 to repair a flexor tear in his right forearm.

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