Balester recalled, returned to Triple-A Syracuse

Following today's game, the Washington Nationals optioned right-handed pitcher Collin Balester to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

The Nationals are expected to make a corresponding move before Sunday's game against San Diego.

Balester, 24, is 0-0 with an 8.10 ERA in three appearances this season with Washington. He had been recalled from Syracuse before Saturday's game.

Balester went 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 13 relief appearances with Syracuse, posting 18 strikeouts in 17.0 innings at Triple-A this season. The 24-year-old has pitched 3.1 innings spanning three appearances with the Nationals in 2011.

In 20 career relief appearances with Washington, Balester is 0-1 with a 3.33 ERA and .207 batting average against. He has posted 11.10 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (30 K/24.1 IP) out of the bullpen.