The Nationals added another arm to their bullpen inventory this afternoon, claiming left-hander Lee Hyde off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. Hyde was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. He's a 26-year-old who's flashed a power arm in the minors, striking out a career average of 8.5 batters per nine innings. But Hyde's walks kept him in the minors for his entire time with Atlanta; he's averaged 3.9 per nine innings, and had a 1.714 WHIP in 22 games with Triple-A Gwinnett last year.
To make room for Hyde on their 40-man roster, the Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the 60-day disabled list. That's a long-expected procedural move, since Strasburg wouldn't be ready to pitch in the majors until September at the earliest.