Nationals reinstate Henry Rodriguez from DL; place Gaudin on disabled list

The Washington Nationals today returned from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Henry Rodriguez from the 15-Day Disabled List and placed right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to April 26, with right shoulder inflammation. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rodriguez missed 22 games after beginning the season on the DL, retroactive to March 22, with right shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old posted a 0.73 ERA and .190 batting average against in nine games/one start during rehab assignments with Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. Rodriguez recorded 16 strikeouts and a 2.67/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (16 K/6 BB) in 12.1 innings.

Rodriguez is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in 32 career relief appearances in the major leagues. One of the hardest throwers in baseball the last two seasons (2009-10), he was acquired from Oakland along with outfielder Corey Brown in exchange for outfielder Josh Willingham on December 16, 2010.

Gaudin, 28, is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Washington.