The Nationals optioned reliever Collin Balester back to Class AAA Syracuse in order to make room Todd Coffey, who is set to come off the 15-day disabled list tomorrow. Balester spent a week back in the majors, appearing in three games and allowing three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Balester, 24, understood it could be a short stay when he came to Washington last Sunday, and he said then he would let circumstances beyond his control affect him, which admitted had happened in past seasons.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.