The Washington Nationals today recalled right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya and selected right-handed pitcher Joe Bisenius from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler was recalled from rehab and reinstated from the 15-Day Disabled List, and catcher Carlos Maldonado was designated for assignment. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
Maya went 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA (one ER/10.1 IP) in two starts with the Chiefs. The 28-year-old made five minor league starts this season, going 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA and .225 batting average against.
Maya signed with Washington on August 3, 2010, after a stellar career in Cuba. He went 13-4 with seven complete games and a 2.22 ERA last season with the Pinar Del Rio Vegueros of the Cuban National Series (Cuba’s equivalent of Major League Baseball) en route to being recognized as the circuit’s top pitcher.
During his six-year career in Cuba, Maya went 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA. He went a combined 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA in six games/one start pitching for Cuba in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.
Bisenius, 27, posted a 1-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the Chiefs in 2010. He went a combined 4-0 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 34 appearances this season at three levels in the Nationals’ system. Bisenius struck out 46 batters with a .210 batting average against in 38.1 innings.
A hard-throwing prospect in the Phillies’ system during his first six seasons, Bisenius signed with the Nationals as a minor league free agent on May 10, 2010. He saw action in two games with the Phillies in 2007 (0-0, 0.00 ERA in 2.0 IP), and is 24-20 with 12 saves and a 4.07 ERA in 234 games/16 starts during his minor league career.
Detwiler, 24, has missed the last 30 games after going on the 15-Day DL (hip) on August 8, retroactive to August 6. He is 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in three starts with Washington this season, and is 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 minor league outings.