The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott from Triple-A Rochester and optioned right-handed pitcher Andres Machado to Triple-A Rochester on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Abbott, 26, joins the Nationals for the first time this season. He struck out 24 batters in 19.0 innings between Triple-A Iowa in Chicago’s (NL) system and Triple-A Rochester. He went 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA in eight games (four starts) between the two stops.
Abbott was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on May 4. He was acquired by the Giants from the Chicago Cubs on April 21 in exchange for cash considerations.
Selected in the second round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, Abbott made his Major League debut on June 5, 2021. He went on to appear in seven games (one start) for the Cubs in 2021, posting a 6.75 ERA across 17.1 innings pitched. Abbott is 21-23 with a 3.82 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 80 career Minor League games (76 starts).
Machado, 29, has posted a 5.48 ERA in 17 games out of Washington’s bullpen.