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Severino optioned to Syracuse

After the Nationals’ 6-4 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals optioned reliever Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse and will recall outfielder Justin Maxwell from Syracuse the next day.

Severino, 25, did not make an appearance during his three-game stint with the Nationals. However, he is 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 40 games for Syracuse.

This will mark the fourth time Maxwell will be recalled by the Nationals. In 24 games for Washington, Maxwell is 4-for-28 [.105]  with a homer and three RBIs. He also has 14 walks that gives him a .340 on-base percentage.

In 66 games with Syracuse, Maxwell hit .287 with six home runs and 21 RBIs.

Severino promoted to big leagues

With closer Matt Capps traded to the Twins, the Nationals recalled left-hander Atahualpa Severino from Triple-A Syracuse.

Severino, 25, went 4-2 with one save and a 3.55 ERA in 40 relief appearances with the Chiefs. He pitched scoreless ball in 30 out of his 40 outings and posted a .237 batting average against including a stingy .205 (24-for-117) mark against right-handed batters.

In six professional seasons, Severino is 26-13 with 21 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 169 games/20 starts. He has tallied 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings (351 K/327.1 IP) during his career.

Severino most likely will be middle reliever out of the bullpen.

Nats make roster moves; Mock almost in rotation

The Nationals made their third round of roster cuts Monday as they optioned right-hander Collin Balester and left-hander Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse, right-hander Ryan Mattheus and left-hander Aaron Thompson to Double-A Harrisburg and right-hander Juan Jamie to Class-A Potomac. The Nationals also released left-hander Ron Villone.

With the moves, Washington’s Major League roster is now down to 45 players.

Of the names off the roster, Balester, Thompson and Villone were the most intriguing. Villone was a favorite of manager Jim Riggleman’s. Last season, Villone was the veteran leader of the bullpen, pitching in 63 games and had a 4.25 ERA. This spring, Villone was hit hard, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings. 

“That was tough, not just for me but for [general manager Mike] Rizzo, [pitching coach] Steve McCatty and a lot of people in the clubhouse in general,” Riggleman said. “He is such a class act. He is a wonderful guy. He was an effective pitcher for us last year.”

With Villone gone, the Nationals most likely will carry one lefty reliever — Sean Burnett — on the 25-man roster, even though left-handers Jesse English and Doug Slaten are still in camp.

Riggleman has often said he is confident that right-hander Tyler Clippard can get left-handed hitters out. Lefties hit .122 against him last year.  

Thompson, who was acquired in the Nick Johnson trade last July, pitched four shutout innings and impressed the big-league staff, but he wasn’t considered part of the mix. Riggleman hinted that right-handed Garrett Mock has been impressive and most likely be in the rotation. Mock hasn’t walked a batter in five innings entering Monday’s action. 

“It’s very important to him to pitch to contact and that is not easy for him,” Riggleman said about Mock. “When your ball moves a lot, sometimes it could move out of the strike zone. But he has been able to keep his movement in the strike zone. Even when he doesn’t throw a strike, it has the appearance of a strike. So hitters might swing at it. That’s huge.” 

Livan  Hernandez is considered the leading candidate to take over the fifth spot of the rotation. John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Scott Olsen are already in the rotation.  

Inconsistency is the reason Balester was sent down, giving up four runs in four innings. Rizzo believes Balester has the pitches to get people out.

“The stuff is there,” Rizzo said. “He has a good fastball and a good breaking pitch at times. We still have high hopes for him. He is going to go down and master his craft, get him in the strike zone a little better and be more consistently.”                   

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