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UPDATED: Nats place Carpenter on DL, call up young lefty

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UPDATED: Nats place Carpenter on DL, call up young lefty

[Updated 4:58 p.m.]

The Nationals' ever-changing bullpen will open the second half of the season with another alteration after the club placed right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation (retroactive to July 12) and recalled lefty Sammy Solis from Class AA Harrisburg to take his roster spot.

Carpenter had been a welcome addition to the Nationals' bullpen after his acquisition from the Yankees last month, posting a 1.50 ERA in eight appearances, putting only seven men on base in six innings, and earning some usage in high-leverage situations.

Manager Matt Williams was prepared to use Carpenter in another big spot Saturday in Baltimore, with the Nationals trying to hold a late lead against the Orioles. The 30-year-old was warming up in the bullpen at Camden Yards but took a seat after feeling discomfort in his arm. Casey Janssen wound up pitching the eighth inning and helping the Nats secure a victory.

"Before the break there was a couple of times where he got up in the bullpen and one time in particular in Baltimore that he got up and we were going to get him in the game and he couldn't go," Williams explained.

Williams said Carpenter tested his shoulder in a throwing session on Thursday night.

"Last night he threw, but still was feeling it a little bit. Rather than play short… we decided to put him on the DL and retro him to the 12th and make sure he's ready to go when he gets back."

Solis, 26, owns a 4.50 in six appearances this season, mostly as a long reliever. Once a highly touted starter within the organization, the left-hander has resurrected his career as a reliever after battling injuries for several years.

Williams will rely on several players to replace Carpenter, who had become one of his most reliable options for the eighth inning.

"It will be a number of guys depending on the situation and depending on the matchup and what the game presents us. We have options. Of course, Casey's familiar with it. [Matt] Thornton's familiar with it. We can use [Aaron] Barrett, we can use either of the lefties depending on workload, who's pitched and who hasn't," Williams said.

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

Remember Jim Riggleman, the infamous Nats manager that resigned from the position back in 2011 after a win against the Seattle Mariners? Well he's back in a managerial position.

Bryan Price was fired as manager of the Cinncinati Reds Thursday, after the team started the 2018 season 3-15. Riggleman, who spent four seasons as their bench coach, was named the interim manager to replace Price.

Riggleman was promoted to interim manager of the Nats in July of 2009, after Manny Acta was let go midseason. He stayed on as manager for 2010 and 2011, and he then resigned from the team on June 23, 2011 after a win agaisnt the Seattle Mariners. He had lead the team to a win in 11 of their last 12 games prior to stepping away.

The reason behind the dramatic exit was due to the organization not yet picking up his 2012 contract option. He had reportedly requested a conversation with the front office about his future with the organization, and was upset after they declined. At 58 years-old, he felt he deserved more respect.

He's been with the Reds organization since 2012, and has spent time managing the Padres, Cubs and Mariners, in addition to the Nationals. His career winning pct. with each team has been below-.500.

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.