Washington Nationals reinstate Tanner Rainey

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Tanner Rainey from the Injured List and optioned right-handed pitcher Kyle McGowin to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rainey, 28, returns to Washington’s bullpen after missing six games. He tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief across his last four appearances before being placed on the Injured List on May 19. Rainey has tossed scoreless relief in 11 of his 16 games this season. All told, he is 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 12.1 innings pitched this season.

McGowin, 29, has pitched to a 4.15 ERA (4 ER/8.2 IP) with five strikeouts in eight appearances out of Washington’s bullpen this season.