Maxwell optioned to Syracuse; Atilano recalled

After Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled right-hander Luis Atilano, who will start against the Reds on Tuesday night.

It marked the fourth time that Maxwell was optioned this season. Maxwell, 26, was 4-for-38 (.105) with one home run, three RBIs and 14 walks this season.

Asked if he was frustrated about being sent down as much as he has this season, Maxwell said, “The game is not frustrating. The process can be. Like I said before, I have a job to do. I’m not worried about all that other stuff.”

Atliano will make his second stint in the big leagues. He was 6-6 with a 4.85 ERA for Washington before being optioned to Syracuse before the All-Star Break. Atliano last pitched on July 15 against Pawtucket. He lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. 


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