The Nationals will option right-hander Taylor Hill to Class AAA Syracuse and recall left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno for Saturday’s doubleheader, according to Manager Matt Williams.
The Cubs have six left-handed batters on their roster, and Cedeno also offers a fresh arm. He has a 1.56 ERA in 17 1/3 innings at Syracuse and has held left-handers to a .227 average.
Cedeno has been up and down often with the Nationals. Since 2013, he has been officially called up from the minors nine times. One time this season, he was brought to Washington as a backup arm but was never formally recalled. Including Saturday’s move, Cedeno has been recalled four times this season.
Hill made his major league debut in relief earlier this week and appeared in Friday’s loss. He allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings and will return to Syracuse to continue pitching as a starter, Williams said.
>>> In an unrelated bullpen note, reliever Ryan Mattheus has been put on the disabled list at Syracuse with an intercostal injury. He last appeared in a game on June 14 after struggling much of the season. He has a 5.18 ERA over 24 1/3 innings. The right-hander missed most of spring training with a rib cage injury.
Starter Taylor Jordan is also dealing with an injury. He has been rested since reporting elbow inflammation and, according to General Manager Mike Rizzo, there is no ligament damage. The right-hander last pitched on June 5 and is expected to resume his throwing program soon. Jordan had Tommy John surgery in 2011.