The Washington Nationals will add Fernando Rodney to their 25-man roster before Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post. Rodney has been with Washington’s AAA affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies since being signed to a minors deal on June 1.
The Nationals have an open spot on both the 40-man roster and the 25-man roster after the Nationals released Trevor Rosenthal and optioned Erick Fedde to the minors.
Rodney, a 42-year-old journeyman, was released by the Athletics earlier this season after a disastrous start to the season when he pitched to a 9.42 ERA in 17 games.
Since joining the Grizzlies, Rodney still hasn’t been his usual self pitching to only a 4.50 ERA in nine games (eight innings) but nevertheless the Nationals decided to give Rodney another shot at the big leagues.
Rodney had a successful campaign in the big leagues just last season when he pitched to a 3.36 ERA in 68 games that were split between the A’s and the Seattle Mariners.
In his career Rodney has carried a career 3.79 ERA across 913 games since starting his big league career with the Detroit Tigers when he was 25-years-old.
Since then he has pitched for eight Major League teams. His debut with the Nationals will be his ninth appearance for a big league team.