Balester back with Nats — for a day

The Nationals have recalled right-hander Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. He will replace right-hander Luis Atilano for a day and then be sent back to Syracuse. The team will then recall left-hander Ross Detwiler to start Sunday’s game against Milwaukee.

Balester was brought in just in case right-hander J.D. Martin doesn’t have a quality start on Saturday evening against the Brewers. If Martin doesn’t perform well on the mound, Balester could come in and pitch in long relief.

After six years-plus years as a starter, Balester was converted into a reliever this spring. In 26 appearances, Balester is 2-3 with 7.27 ERA for Syracuse. 

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