Washington Nationals announce roster moves

The Washington Nationals announced the following roster moves Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements:

 

Recalled right-handed pitcher Ryne Harper from Triple-A Rochester

Selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein from Triple-A Rochester

Placed right-handed pitcher Tanner Rainey (retroactive to June 28) on the 10-day Injured List with a stress reaction in his right tibia

Designated right-handed pitcher Justin Miller for assignment

Harper, 32, returns for his fifth stint with the Nationals this season. He’s appeared in six games across those five stints, pitching to a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) with five strikeouts and two walks. Harper went 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 13 games with Triple-A Rochester this season.

 

Lobstein, 31, went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (4 ER/21.1 IP) and 25 strikeouts in 16 relief appearances for Triple-A Rochester. He allowed just one extra-base hit (double) while holding batters to a .203 batting average. Left-handed batters went 5-for-29 (.172) with 11 strikeouts and zero extra-base hits against him this season.

 

Lobstein returns to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2016 when he appeared in 26 games out of Pittsburgh’s bullpen. A veteran of three Major League seasons, he is 6-10 with a 5.06 ERA in 34 career games (17 starts) with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2016) and Detroit Tigers (2014-15). He was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Coconino (AZ) High School.

 

Rainey, 28, is 1-2 with one save and a 6.93 ERA in 30 games out of Washington’s bullpen.

 

Miller, 34, posted a 15.00 ERA in five games out of Washington’s bullpen.