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UPDATED: Carpenter to DL, Solis recalled

Jul 17, 2015, 4:58 PM EST

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[Updated 4:58 p.m.]

The Nationals’ ever-changing bullpen will open the second half of the season with another alteration after the club placed right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation (retroactive to July 12) and recalled lefty Sammy Solis from Class AA Harrisburg to take his roster spot.

Carpenter had been a welcome addition to the Nationals’ bullpen after his acquisition from the Yankees last month, posting a 1.50 ERA in eight appearances, putting only seven men on base in six innings, and earning some usage in high-leverage situations.

Manager Matt Williams was prepared to use Carpenter in another big spot Saturday in Baltimore, with the Nationals trying to hold a late lead against the Orioles. The 30-year-old was warming up in the bullpen at Camden Yards but took a seat after feeling discomfort in his arm. Casey Janssen wound up pitching the eighth inning and helping the Nats secure a victory.

“Before the break there was a couple of times where he got up in the bullpen and one time in particular in Baltimore that he got up and we were going to get him in the game and he couldn’t go,” Williams explained.

Williams said Carpenter tested his shoulder in a throwing session on Thursday night.

“Last night he threw, but still was feeling it a little bit. Rather than play short… we decided to put him on the DL and retro him to the 12th and make sure he’s ready to go when he gets back.”

Solis, 26, owns a 4.50 in six appearances this season, mostly as a long reliever. Once a highly touted starter within the organization, the left-hander has resurrected his career as a reliever after battling injuries for several years.

Williams will rely on several players to replace Carpenter, who had become one of his most reliable options for the eighth inning.

“It will be a number of guys depending on the situation and depending on the matchup and what the game presents us. We have options. Of course, Casey’s familiar with it. [Matt] Thornton’s familiar with it. We can use [Aaron] Barrett, we can use either of the lefties depending on workload, who’s pitched and who hasn’t,” Williams said.

  1. stoatva - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Need Treinen to step up.

    • stoatva - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      And/or Barrett.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Sources: #Braves sign free-agent LHP Ross Detwiler. Had been released by #Rangers.

    • micksback1 - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:48 PM

      wow, hope he does not come back and hurt us a game or 2

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        Probably will be in that Roark role of reliever who can start

      • virginiascopist - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:03 PM

        Does the fact that he was DFA’d, cleared waivers, refused the assignment and has now signed a major league deal mean that he has at least one option left should the Braves want to do that? Could he refuse to be assigned?

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:26 PM

        Braves signed him to a MLB deal and he has no options left.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Dodgers 1st round pick Kyle Funkhouser who is a Boras client posted this:
    “Wanted to be the first to announce tht I will not be signing, and will return to the University of Louisville for my senior season #L1C4 #⚾️”

    Orioles 2nd round pick Hughes also isn’t signing.

  4. micksback1 - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    I was counting on Carpenter and now it appears that 1-2 BP arms may be a must for Nats to go deep into October, unless, I am wrong about Barrett and Treinan being ever being consistent. I am not a Rivero fan and I think the only realiable lefty in pen is Thornton

  5. virginiascopist - Jul 17, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    I had a feeling something was up when Janssen came in two days in a row. It will be nice to get another look at Solis.

  6. hokiepokster92 - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Expect Rizzo to make some moves between now and the end of the month. If this club expects to go places, it needs a reliable bullpen. Using unproven rookies and 2nd year players is very risky.

  7. natsfan1a - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Seriously? Okay, we gotta find out who has the Nats voodoo doll and take it away from ’em.

  8. fstop1970 - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Does acquiring Craig Kimbrel make sense and what would Rizzo have to give up to get him? His contract runs through 2017 with an option for 2018. His contract extension was for $42 mill, but he’s 1 1/2 years into it. He is also only 27 years old and is probably much more willing to be OK with 8th inning than Chapman would be.

    Chapman is also 27 and has an option for 2016. He has half a year left on his $8 mill contract for 2015. He’s a game changer that would likely only want to pitch as the closer (would that create another situation with Drew?) and I would think, cost a good deal more in prospects to acquire.

    Thoughts?

    • hokiepokster92 - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      To acquire either of those guys you’re likely talking about a package that would include the likes of Joe Ross and some other prospects. You’ve got to give up something to get something. That being said, I seriously doubt Rizzo would move Giolito, the number 1 pitching prosect in baseball.

      • tcostant - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:52 PM

        The NY POst suddest Wilmer Difo and Reynaldo Lopez to Padres for Craig Kimbrel, could get it done:

        http://nypost.com/2015/07/13/these-sensible-trades-would-shake-up-mlbs-contenders/

      • mauimo22 - Jul 17, 2015 at 3:57 PM

        I think Rizzo can get some cheap rental bats to help. I’d also like to see organic solutions.
        I love our pitching depth so let’s save these guys for blue chippers. What about that guy Richard Blier in AA? Looks like a stud!

      • hokiepokster92 - Jul 17, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        Bullpen is the biggest area of concern right now. You realize that the bench is actually quite productive (they’re in the starting lineup right now!), so an extra bat really isn’t a need.

    • jalabar - Jul 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM

      I’d like to see them bring back Clip, to be honest with you. I am fine with Drew Storen as this team’s closer. I don’t want to see another Soriano situation where Drew gets bumped to set-up, to be honest. Drew has it in him to be one of the true elite closers in the game if they leave his #$%^ head alone. I’d love to see them work a deal to bring back Clippard as the set-up guy.

  9. veejh - Jul 17, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Unreal. Fire the medical staff. LOL.

  10. philipd763 - Jul 17, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Bring on Arnoldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel, although Kimbrel has not been as sharp with the Padres this season.

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