Cole back to mi­nors

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

To make room for right-han­der Joe Ross on the 25-man ros­ter, the Na­tion­als op­tioned righthander A. J. Cole to Class AAA Syra­cuse.

Cole be­gan the year at Syra­cuse be­fore he was called up to make his ma­jor league de­but in late April af­ter Max Scherzer suf­fered a mi­nor thumb in­jury.

Cole strug­gled in that first out­ing, al­low­ing nine runs in two innings. But he fared bet­ter in two long re­lief out­ings in May, al­low­ing two runs in 71/ innings. The Na­tion­als re­called Cole on Thurs­day to serve as a long-re­lief op­tion af­ter Tay­lor Jor­dan made a spot start Wed­nes­day.

Be­cause Ross had not been on the Na­tion­als’ 40-man ros­ter, the team also moved in­jured re­liever Craig Stam­men from the 15-day dis­abled list to the 60-day dis­abled list, where he will not count against the Na­tion­als’ 40-man limit.

Stam­men landed on the dis­abled list with a torn flexor in mid-April. The in­jury re­quired surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the sea­son.

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