The bullpen moves from the off-season continue to not pan out as reliever Kyle Barraclough has been reinstated from the Injured List and optioned to AA Harrisburg.
It’s likely he’s back up with the club before too long as the Senators return to action from their mini All-star break on Thursday while the Washington Nationals get back to action on Friday.
The Nationals currently have many veteran relievers in their bullpen without options left so it wasn’t clear how the Nationals would have found room for him on the roster. Washington currently has four left-handed relievers on their active roster which isn’t an ideal situation but the organization would need to pass any of the lefties through waivers if they wanted to return them to the minor leagues.
Though, it is fair to say that Barraclough didn’t exactly deserve a spot on the roster once he returned from the IL. In 39 games, Barraclough hasn’t looked like his former self pitching to a 6.39 ERA in 25.1 total innings. Control has always been an issue for Barraclough as he’s issued 12 but is currently pitching to the best BB/9 rate in his career with 4.3 walks per nine.
Barraclough didn’t have the best performance while rehabbing either allowing two runs in three innings with the Washington Nationals A(Adv) affiliate, the Potomac Nationals.
Barraclough has had success in the past when he pitched to a 2.87 ERA in 100 games that spanned from 2015 through 2017.