The Nationals made a wide range of roster moves on Friday in their first round of September call-ups and added seven players to their roster in the process.
Catcher Pedro Severino, outfielder Brian Goodwin, right-handers Trevor Gott and Rafael Martin, as well as lefty Matt Grace were all called up from Triple-A Syracuse. The Nats also added lefty Sean Burnett and right-hander Mat Latos by selecting their contracts from Syracuse. And to put them on the 40-man roster, they transferred pitcher Joe Ross to the 60-day disabled list and designated veteran outfielder Matt den Dekker for assignment.
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For Ross, the move is simply to clear a roster spot. It doesn't necessarily mean he's any further from returning from his right shoulder inflammation. He has been on the DL since July 3, so he's close to being eligible to return from the 60-day mark very soon.
The Nats brought in reinforcements for many positions, most notably to their bullpen. They added five new arms, including Latos who could start for them. Latos was signed to a minor league deal by the team on June 29.
In Burnett and Grace, they have two extra lefties at their disposal. And in Gott and Martin, they have two more right-handers with big league experience. None of the players the Nats called up on Friday are without MLB experience.
For Burnett, he's back in the majors for the first time since 2014. He last played for the Nationals in 2012 and has since dealt with numerous arm injuries.
The Nationals could still make more moves in the coming weeks to add to their roster. But they certainly have some extra help just in time to face the New York Mets on Friday night.
The Nats now have 32 players on their active roster.
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