Nats recall RHP Tyler Clippard
The Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard from the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs and designated right-handed pitcher Kip Wells for assignment.
Clippard, 24, joins the Nationals having worked 19.0 consecutive innings–a stretch that began May 18 and spanned 14 appearances–without allowing an earned run (one unearned run). Clippard earned the promotion, however, on the merits of his entire 2009 campaign, as he is 4-1 with one save and a 0.92 ERA (4 ER/39.0 IP) in 24 appearances.
In 39.0 innings this season, Clippard has walked 15, struck out 42, been touched for just two home runs and posted a stingy .150 (20-for-133) batting average against. Clippard was especially tough when facing International League left-handed batters, limiting them to a .091 (5-for-55) mark.
A starting pitcher for the vast majority of his career, Clippard was shifted exclusively to the bullpen for the first time in 2009. Clippard made a pair of starts (June 9 vs. San Francisco, June 14 at Seattle) for Washington in 2008, going 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA. He was acquired from New York (AL) on December 5, 2007 in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo.
The 32 year-old Wells was 0-2 with two saves and a 6.49 ERA (19 ER/26.1 IP) in 23 relief appearances with the Nationals this season.