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Collin Balester called up [UPDATED]

The Nationals, in need of a one-day reinforcement for their bullpen, recalled converted starter Collin Balester this afternoon. With Luis Atilano on the disabled list and Ross Detwiler to be activated for his 2010 big league debut tomorrow, the Nationals had a free roster space.

Though he will only be with the Nats for one day, "Collin will probably get in this ballgame," Manager Jim Riggleman said. With Ross Detwiler unlikely to throw more than four or five innings Sunday, the Nationals will need to conserve their bullpen arm for use tomorrow. Barring injury, Balester will return to Syracuse after the game.

Balester, who switched to relief this spring, has made 21 relief appearances and five starts for Class AAA Syracuse. In 52 innings combined, Balester has a 7.27 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 28 walks.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 24, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
 
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blow out protection ...

Posted by: natbiscuits | July 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

blow out protection ...

Posted by: natbiscuits | July 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

With Bautista slated to back up Detweiler, this move makes sense, as it gives the team a long relief option...

Posted by: -CN- | July 24, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

He has a 7.27 ERA ... at Syracuse? Wowsers. Nothing can stop the Nats now!

OK, OK, as noted elsewhere, he's there to throw 3 innings in case of a blowout to save Bautista for tomorrow. But between Marquis getting bombed in AA and Balester getting bombed at AAA with both either on the team or on the way, you have to wonder about the quality of the pitching cavalry that is supposedly on the way.

Posted by: JCCfromDC | July 24, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Good for Bally! Even if it is for a short stint! It should always feel good to get the call to the Bigs!
ERA in Relief appearances is 4.36 and 3.65 is his last 10 games.

Posted by: Spinman | July 24, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

JCC...3.65 ERA in Balester's last 10 games! I think the Calvary is loading up just fine!

Posted by: Spinman | July 24, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

tips cap I see it's not for nothing that your handle is Spinman! For a reliever, a 3.65 ERA is not good ... especially when that's in AAA. But he's only going to get into the game in a blowout situation anyway, so hopefully no harm is done.

Posted by: JCCfromDC | July 24, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"With Batista slated to back up Detweiler, this move makes sense, as it gives the team a long relief option..."

Have to agree. Its also a message to JD Martin. JD needs to have a sterling performance today ... he needs to find that curve ball and see if he can make the seventh inning.

Posted by: periculum | July 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"But between Marquis getting bombed in AA and Balester getting bombed at AAA with both either on the team or on the way, you have to wonder about the quality of the pitching cavalry that is supposedly on the way."

Ballystar is one-day fodder and he makes sense because he is still on the 40-man roster. If he were still on the 40-man it could have been Bergmann.

The other guys who are doing better would get longer looks. This is just a case where the Nats are covering their bases with their AAA veteran depth.

They will need Batista on Sunday. Wouldn't be surprised to see him trot out as the last minute starter so that Detwiler can get his needed rest in order to prepare to start again.

As for cavalry? Zimmermann and Maya are next and will get long looks as potential top-of-the rotation starters along with Strasburg.

Lannan and Marquis will likely just end up mired between AA & AAA. Perhaps they will be traded for some A or below prospect[s].

Posted by: periculum | July 24, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Marquis will make it back all the way but he was never going to be a #1. Look at his career, its solid but its not top-notch. With Marquis as a #4 starter you are probably not hurting. Like Peri, I worry about Lannan and think he might be finished (hope not).

I think era for a relief pitcher is a stupid way to look at production. I would rather know how many inheirited runners they let score and walks/strikeouts. Can't wait to see how Zimm and Maya affect this team. It might get exciting around here.

Any word on Flores?

go nats

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 24, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Though he will only be with the Nats for one day, "Collin will probably get in this ballgame," Manager Jim Riggleman said.

Yep, he'll be going into RF in the 6th inning when Riggleman pulls Morse. Why not? It would make as much sense as anything else Riggleman is doing with the lineup.

Posted by: nunof1 | July 24, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

So, did he bring his 'stache? ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 24, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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