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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.
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.
The Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Triple A Syracuse on Sunday. The team now has 36 players in its big-league camp.
Manager Jim Riggleman was hoping that Maxwell would be on the team’s 25-man roster, but the latter ended up having the worst Spring Training of his career, going 5-for-49 [.102] with a homer and four RBIs. Maxwell told Riggleman that he found his swing the last few days, but it proved to be too late. Maxwell will now work on his hitting skills with Syracuse hitting coach Jerry Browne.
“I have to be honest. I wanted Maxwell to make the ballclub,” Riggleman said. “That’s the way I came into the spring. He is really a good makeup guy. He is a great athlete, but he is just having some problems with the bat and we have to go in a different direction for a while. I know he is going to play for us soon. We have some other options right now.”
The Nationals designated reliever Logan Kensing for assignment after Sunday’s game against Reds.
Kensing was given the news by interim manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and acting general manager Mike Rizzo, when the team arrived at Nationals Park later that night.
Kensing was 0-2 with a 10.71 ERA in 17 games for Washington.
On Saturday, Riggleman acknowledged that he was baffled about Kensing’s performance of late. In his past six appearances, Kensing gave up 12 runs in his past 7 1/3 innings. Riggleman doesn’t think there is something wrong with Kensing’s arm. In Saturday’s game against Cincinnati, in fact, Kensing’s fastball was clocked at 96 mph.
“[Pitching coach] Steve McCatty and I talk about it a lot,” Riggleman said. “Something is easy to see for the hitter or Kensing is tipping his pitches, because when you throw that good and [the hitters] square the ball up on him like they have the last couple of weeks, something is wrong there.
“He throws too good to get hit that hard. We hope he gets it straightened out. We wanted to him have a clean inning and build on it. It just didn’t happened.”
It’s not known who the Nationals will call up on Tuesday. The Nationals are considering either outfielder Justin Maxwell or infielder Mike Morse, who are with Triple-A Syracuse.
Maxwell had two stints with Washington this season, going 3-for-24 with an RBI. Morse, who came from the Mariners in the Ryan Langerhans trade last June, is hitting .327 with six home runs and 31 RBIs for Syracuse.
Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina had to leave Saturday’s game against the Marlins because of a fractured right ankle suffered in the top of the eighth inning.
After the game, Bernadina was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He is expected to miss at least two months — maybe more.
With Nationals left-hander Joe Beimel on the mound, Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla hit the ball to deep center field. Bernadina made a nice running catch before slamming into the wall and hurting his ankle.
Right fielder Austin Kearns was seen calling for help, and Manager Manny Acta and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came to Bernadina’s aid. A few minutes later, Acta helped Bernadina into an ambulance.
“When [Bernadina] asked to get help to walk off the field, I knew it was bad,” Acta said. “It’s a [fractured ankle]. We’ll have more information, but he is going to be out for a while.”
Meanwhile, the Nationals will recall outfielder Justin Maxwell from Triple-A Syracuse.