The Washington Post

Miller is on his way from Syracuse

- — Chelsea Janes

The Washington Nationals will call up right-hander Justin Miller from Class AAA Syracuse on Friday, according to a person familiar with the situation, rewarding a veteran reliever who has been a revelation in his time in the organizati­on this season.

Miller will take Erick Fedde’s spot on the roster before Washington opens a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Friday in South Florida. Fedde was optioned to Syracuse on Thursday after allowing three runs across 52/ innings in a spot start Wednesday against the

3 San Diego Padres.

Miller has extensive major league experience, carrying a 4.99 ERA in 82 appearance­s for the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies over three seasons. He signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels last year and didn’t reach the majors, pitching to a 5.48 ERA in 38 appearance­s for their Class AAA affiliate.

But the 30-year-old Miller is a different pitcher this season, one whose fastball and slider velocities have both jumped. And his numbers with Syracuse are stunning.

The right-hander hasn’t allowed a run over 132/ innings in nine appearance­s. He has

3 accumulate­d 23 strikeouts to three walks — one of the walks was intentiona­l — and allowed three hits. His WHIP is 0.439.

Further, the Nationals had to give Miller a shot before June 15, when he could opt out of the minor league contract he signed in January. He would have found a job in the majors elsewhere without a problem.

Instead, he will join the Nationals’ bullpen in Miami.

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