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Updated: Nats place Barrett on 15-day DL

Aug 9, 2015, 6:06 PM EDT

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[Updated 7:06 p.m.]

Aaron Barrett is back on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain, just three days after he was sent to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals voided his option to make the move with Barrett needing a DL stint for the second time this season. Barrett also spent time on the shelf in June with a right bicep strain. The right-hander has a 4.60 ERA in 40 appearances.

“He’ll get some tests,” Matt Williams said. “We decided to option him and then he let us know his elbow was bothering him. He didn’t let us know anything until then. Since then we’ve scheduled some tests, put him on the DL to make sure we get a look at it.

Barrett was sent to Triple-A after giving up three runs in just 1/3 of an inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 5. Prior to that he had pitched nine consecutive scoreless appearances. The Nationals called up right-hander Blake Treinen to take Barrett’s place on Aug. 8.

This season has been a trying year for Barrett, who was surprise contributor in 2014 as a rookie. Last year he held a 2.66 ERA in 50 games and earned a spot on the Nationals’ playoff roster. He entered this season with hopes of taking another step, but so far that hasn’t happened.

  1. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Does this imply they have changed their minds and decided he might be there for more than 20 days?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      Or just that they don’t want to burn a roster spot in Syracuse?

      • Candide - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:32 PM

        That’s what I was wondering. Some transaction imminent?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:56 PM

        If I understand options, if he’s in the minors for 20+ days, it counts against the three he gets. So I’m thinking it occurred to somebody that if he’s not in the minors, but on the DL, until at least Sept. 1, then the AAA season will be over, and since he’s already on the 40-man, they can leave him on the DL or put him back in the bullpen, it won’t matter, and they will have not burned an option.

      • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:01 PM

        Apparently so- they signed Juan Gutierrez after the Phillies released him.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:14 PM

        Juan Gutierrez, the pitcher who used to be on the Giants?

      • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:23 PM

        Yes, so it seems.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 10, 2015 at 4:02 AM

      Post-update:
      Or is it because he never bothered to tell anyone about his elbow until he was shuffled off to Syracuse?

  2. natsjackinfl - Aug 9, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Another interesting tidbit is the Marlins have sent Jose Fernandez back to Miami as he is complaining of shoulder tightness.

    • nats1924 - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      i cant stand this guy.

    • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      I have to admit that I feel a lot less concern when talented young players who get hurt play for teams I despise.

  3. positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Barrett’s injury is unfortunate, but he will still be around, regardless. I am more pondering the fate of the pending free agents we spent to much time worrying about before the season. In particular, I was really hoping for Denard Span to keep producing like last year, in the hope we could give Michael Taylor one more year. I hoped the same for Fister, thinking he might accept a qualifying offer for one more year. Now, after injury and ineffectiveness, it seems clear that they are both definitely wrapping up their time in DC.

    Ian Desmond has been healthy, but mostly terrible. He was the one we all thought would leave for sure, and his performance, Danny Espinosa and Trea Turner have cemented that. However, I still have hope he can catch fire for another 20-20 season, which would be tough with his 8 steals up to now. He has to get better enough that he does not accept a QO, and so that the Nats can get a decent draft pick for him. I expect Rizzo to make another FA signing that gives away our first-round draft pick.

    No need to discuss Zimmermann (sigh).

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:22 PM

      It’s good to see you in here, Halfstreet.

      • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

        Thanks. I come in and out, but entertaining long-time stalwarts like yourself are always there to maintain quality conversation.

  4. kirbs3256 - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    I would much rather be “hurt” in a M:B dugout than riding buses around minor league cities.

  5. tcostant - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Good for Barrett too. As a second year player he has a split contract, si he may have had an option added at least he getting a big league paycheck.

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