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Nationals add Yunesky Maya, two other pitchers

The Washington Nationals today recalled right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya and added Joe Bisenius, another right-hander, from Class AAA Syracuse and reinstated left-hander Ross Detwiler from the 15-day disabled list. Catcher Carlos Maldonado, meantime, was designated for assignment.

Maya is scheduled to make his major league debut tonight against the New York Mets and in an odd coincidence will be opposed by another rookie making his first big league start in Dillon Gee.

Maya went 1-1 with an 0.87 ERA in two starts with the Chiefs and made five minor league starts all together. He went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a .225 average against in those outings. A native of Cuba, Maya, 28, signed with the Nationals on Aug. 3 to a deal worth $6 million over four years.

"If the Mets cooperate, we'll go five or six [innings] with him and get him out of there," Manager Jim Riggleman said of Maya's start later today.

Bisenius, 27, went 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the Chiefs this season. In all, he went 4-0 with a save and a 3.05 ERA in 34 appearances this year over three levels of Washington's farm system.

After spending his first six seasons in the Philadelphia system, the hard-throwing prospect signed with the Nationals on May 10.

"When a guy has that kind of arm, that you're getting reports where a guy's pitching in the high 90s type stuff, you can't just let him walk away in the winter and be a six-year free agent and go somewhere else," Riggleman said. "We've kind of had him in our system here for a while now this year and made some progress with him, so you'd like to look at him in September and make a decision about him over the winter. If we didn't bring him here, we pretty much would probably have not been on his list of candidates to sign with this winter."

Detwiler, meantime, probably will get some work today or at least by Friday, Riggleman said, after missing the last 30 games following being sent to the DL with hip soreness on Aug. 8, retroactive to Aug. 6. He is 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in three starts with Washington this season.

"We don't want him sitting for too long," Riggleman said. "But at the same we've got [John] Lannan putting together some good starts, and [Jason] Marquis is making some progress. We've got guys who need to start, so we'll just have to find some innings for Detwiler."

Riggleman said he did not envision Detwiler going to the bullpen as a permanent measure but rather as simply a means to get him some innings as he works his way back to a comfort level in the majors.

"Right now just a way to get him some work," Riggleman said. "I don't think we're looking at him as a reliever at this point."

By Gene Wang  |  September 7, 2010; 5:14 PM ET
Categories:  Yunesky Maya  
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boo, no severino, and hes on the 40 man

good luck to Bisenius

Posted by: arizonacardinalsfan1 | September 7, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm off to support our Plushification Program. Probably not in the Red Porch, near their precious batters eye grass, but on the 2 for 1 coupons, so just take my word for it, I'll wave to ya.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 7, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone with a media credential going to ask the Nats why they believe Detwiler's hip soreness cropped up after he had supposedly-successful hip surgery and after he had a lengthy rehab stint in the minor leagues? It might be, you know, newsworthy.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | September 7, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I have paid full attention to natsfarm (RIP) and now Nats Prospects, and somehow missed Bisenius. Way to go, pal! Welcome to the club, stranger.


Posted by: kevincostello | September 7, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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