Nationals recall RHP Yunesky Maya from Syracuse

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

The 29 year-old Maya joins the Nationals for a second time this season, as he went 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts with Washington from May 29-June 14.

Maya, who will get the start tonight vs. New York (NL) in place of the recently-traded Jason Marquis, is 0-4 with a 6.31 ERA in nine big league starts spanning two seasons with Washington.

He was 1-7 with a 5.32 ERA in 16 starts for Syracuse at the time of today’s recall.

Maya joins the Nationals in July of 2010 after a stellar career in the Cuban National Series, which is Cuba’s Major League Baseball equivalent. Pitching for the Pinar Del Rio Vegueros, Maya earned Cuba’s equivalent of the Cy Young during his final season in his homeland, going 13-4 with seven complete games and a 2.22 ERA.