The Washington Nationals announced the following roster moves Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements:
Returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde from the Injured List
Selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez
Selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Andres Machado, optioned him and selected him as the 27th man for Saturday’s doubleheader
Optioned outfielder Yadiel Hernandez to Triple-A Rochester
Placed right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to June 10) with right elbow inflammation
Transferred right-handed pitcher Will Harris to the 60-day Injured List with right hand inflammation
Fedde, 28, will start the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He is 3-4 with a 4.35 ERA in eight starts this season. His last start came on May 16 at Arizona when he tossed 7.0 innings of three-hit, shutout ball to earn his third win of the season.
Rodriguez, 27, went 1-0 with a 7.56 ERA in six games (five starts) for Triple-A Rochester in 2021. He struck out 19 batters, walked 13 and allowed just one home run in 16.2 innings pitched. Rodriguez made his Major League debut with Washington in 2018 when he appeared in 14 games (eight starts), going 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA. Rodriguez was traded to Cleveland in the deal that brought Yan Gomes to Washington in 2018. He went 1-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) for Cleveland in 2019.
Machado, 28, has pitched to a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) with 12 strikeouts, two walks and nine hits allowed in seven appearances with Triple-A Rochester. Across his last four outings, Machado tossed 5.1 innings of scoreless relief with nine strikeouts and one walk. Left-handed batters went just 3-for-18 (.158) against him during his time with Rochester.
Machado returns to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2017 when he appeared in two games out of the Kansas City Royals bullpen.
In 2019, the right-hander was named Triple-A Omaha’s Pitcher of the Year after going 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 44 appearances. He struck out 65 batters in 74.2 innings pitched for Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate.
A native of Carabobo, Venezuela, Machado is 18-33 with a 4.51 ERA in 171 outings across 10 professional seasons.
Hernandez, 33, hit .261 with one double, two homers, four RBI, five walks, two stolen bases and eight runs scored in 42 games.
Hudson, 34, is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 23 games out of Washington’s bullpen. He leads the club and ranks fifth in the National League with 12 holds.
Harris, 36, was originally placed on the 10-day Injured List on May 23.