Nationals recall right-hander Aaron Barrett, option left-hander Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse

The Washington Nationals today recalled right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and optioned left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno to Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

In two appearances since being optioned to Triple-A on April 12, Barrett, 26, collected two saves and did not allow a run in 2.1 innings pitched. He surrendered just two hits, walked one and struck out two.

Barrett, a rookie who made the Nationals’ Opening Day roster after a strong performance in Major League Spring Training, has pitched in six Major League games (4.1 IP) this season and has not allowed an earned run. Of the 16 batters Barrett has faced, he’s allowed just one hit, walked only two and struck out six.

Cedeno, 27, appeared in one game for the Nationals, tossing 1.1 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. He allowed two hits but did not surrender a run.