Joe Bisenius looks to possible future with Nationals
Joe Bisenius got his major league call-up today, joining the Nationals expanded September roster for tonight's game against the New York Mets and hoping this opportunity leads to something much more down the road.
Bisenius, who spent the first six years of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system, signed with Washington as a minor league free agent on May 10. He pitched two innings with the Phillies in 2007 and is 24-20 with 12 saves and a 4.07 ERA in 234 games, including 16 starts, over his minor league career.
"I'm just looking to take it day by day here, show them what I can do and let them make the decision after this season," Bisenius, 27, said of the Nationals. "But yeah, I'd like to be back after this season. All the coaches have been great to me so far, and I like this organization so far a lot."
The organization, meantime, is intrigued by the hard-throwing right-hander who has a fastball in the mid-90s. He posted a 1-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in 14 relief appearances in Class AAA Syracuse this year and went 4-0 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 34 appearances this season in the Washington farm system. He struck out 46 in 38 1/3 innings, and opponents hit .210 against him.
Bisenius said he spent four days in training camp with the Sioux City Explorers, an independent team, earlier this year but did not play for them. After they let him go, Bisenius did not hear from any clubs for some time. Eventually several teams contacted Bisenius, who said the Nationals seemed the most interested.
"I've always had a pretty strong arm. I just ran into some injury problems with Philadelphia and consistency some problems," Bisenius said. "Right now I'm just 100 percent healthy, and things are clicking mechanically, so it feels good right now."
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