Nats recall Balester, option Maya

The Washington Nationals today recalled right-handed pitcher Collin Balester from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and optioned right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya to Syracuse. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Balester went 2-0 with one save and a 3.24 ERA in 19 relief appearances with Syracuse, posting 29 strikeouts in 25.0 innings at Triple-A this season. The 25-year-old has pitched 3.1 innings spanning three appearances with the Nationals in 2011.

In 20 career relief appearances with Washington, Balester is 0-1 with a 3.33 ERA and .207 batting average against. He has posted 11.10 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (30 K/24.1 IP) out of the bullpen.

Maya, 29, is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts this season with Washington.