J.D. Martin to make Major League debut

Following yesterday’s series finale, the Nationals placed left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen on the 15-Day Disabled List (left shoulder), retroactive to July 11,  designated right-handed pitcher Julian Tavarez for assignment, and selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher J.D. Martin and right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing from Triple-A Syracuse.


JD Martin.jpgMartin, 26, will make his Major League debut tonight against the Mets. Martin went 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) for Syracuse to earn the promotion. Martin posted a 6.3/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio en route to posting those eight wins, which are tied for second in the IL. Last week, Martin represented Syracuse in the Triple-A All-Star Game.


The 27-year-old Kensing joins the Nationals after posting 12 saves in 13 opportunities and a 3.91 ERA in 23 appearances during a nearly two-month stint with Syracuse. While with the Chiefs, Kensing walked just five and struck out 24 in 25.1 innings. Kensing joins the Nationals for the second time this season. He was acquired from the Florida Marlins on April 29 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kyle Gunderson.


Olsen, 25, is 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in 11 starts for the Nationals this season. He last pitched on July 10 at Houston.


Tavarez, 36, went 3-7 with five holds, one save and a 4.89 ERA in 42 appearances with Washington this season.

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