Nationals announce roster moves

The Washington Nationals made the following roster moves Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

* Recalled outfielder Victor Robles, infielder Adrian Sanchez and right-handed pitcher Austin Voth from Triple-A Syracuse

* Returned from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde and right-handed pitcher Joe Ross from the 60-day disabled list

* Selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Kyle McGowin from Triple-A Syracuse

* Returned from rehab and reinstated left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone and assigned his contract outright to Triple-A Syracuse

Robles, 21, joins the Nationals for his first Major League assignment of 2018. He hit .276 with 10 doubles, one triple, two homers, 14 RBI, 19 stolen bases and 32 runs scored in 52 games for Triple-A Syracuse. He recorded 26 walks against just 32 strikeouts. Robles returned to the field on July 27th after sustaining a hyperextended left elbow on April 9.

Washington’s top prospect and one of the top prospects in baseball (No. 5 per MLBPipeline.com and No. 6 per Baseball America) Robles made his Major League debut in 2017 going 6-for-24 (.250) with one double, two triples, four RBI and two runs scored in 13 games during the month of September.

Sanchez, 28, makes his fourth appearance on Washington’s active roster this season. He hit .174 (4-for-23) with one double and one RBI in 15 games across those four assignments. In 70 games with Triple-A Syracuse, he hit .234 with 15 doubles, two triples, four homers, 27 RBI, 16 walks and 21 runs scored.

Voth, 26, went 6-8 with a 4.37 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Syracuse in 2018. He struck out 117 batters, fourth-most among Nationals farmhands and tied for sixth-most in the International League. Over his last five starts, Voth went 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA (11 ER/31.1 IP) and held opposing batters to a .195 average (22-for-113). Voth made his Major League debut on July 14 at New York (NL).

Fedde, 25, returns to the active roster after being placed on the disabled list on July 5 with right shoulder inflammation. Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Fedde went 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six starts for Washington. He will start for Washington on Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ross, 25, joins the Nationals after recovering from “Tommy John” ligament-replacement surgery in July 2017. He made six rehab starts, going 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA between the Gulf Coast League, Single-A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. In 48 Major League games (45 starts) since his debut in 2015, Ross is 17-13 with a 3.95 ERA.

McGowin, 26, joins Washington for his first career Major League assignment after going 8-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 23 starts between Single-A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in 2018. He led Washington’s Minor League system with 152 strikeouts, while his 2.80 ERA ranked fourth among Nationals farmhands. McGowin led all of Minor League baseball with a 0.90 walks/hits per innings pitched.

In his last three starts for the Chiefs, McGowin pitched to a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.0) with 17 strikeouts against just one walk. From July 26 through the end of the season, he went 3-2 with a 1.20 ERA (7 ER/52.2 IP) and a .147 opp. batting average (26-for-77).

In his second season in Washington’s organization, McGowin was acquired from Los Angeles (AL) along with right-handed pitcher Austin Adams in exchange for infielder Danny Espinosa on Dec. 12. 2016.

Milone, 31, went 1-1 with a 5.81 ERA in five games (four starts) for Washington in 2018.