Nationals recall Aaron Barrett; Blue Jays claim Mastroianni off waivers

 

Central High School graduate Aaron Barrett has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, the first day he was eligible to return to the Washington Nationals.

Meanwhile, former University of Southern Indiana standout Darin Mastroianni was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Minnesota Twins.

Barrett, a rookie righthanded reliever with a 1-0 record, allowed no runs and one hit while walking two and striking out six in six appearances spanning 41/3 innings for the Nationals.

Washington did not send him down for his performance. Rather, it was because he had minor league options and their overworked bullpen needed a fresh arm who could throw long relief, according to the Nationals Journal website. Barrett gained the win in his major debut on March 31 against the New York Mets, striking out two in a perfect inning of work.

While at Syracuse, Barrett struck out two and earned two saves in as many appearances, spanning 21/3 scoreless innings. To make room for Barrett, lefthander Xavier Cedeno was sent back to Syracuse once again.

It’s kind of come full circle for Mastroianni, who was drafted in the 16th round by Toronto in 2007. Ironically, he scored the go-ahead run during Minnesota’s come-from-behind victory over Toronto on April 17th.

An outfielder, Mastroianni has played parts of four seasons in the majors, the last three with the Twins and one game with Toronto in 2011. His batting average is .220 in 115 career games. He has hit .280 in the minors with 222 stolen bases in 603 career games.

This season, Mastroianni was 0-for-11 with five strikeouts for the Twins. Minnesota claimed him off waivers from Toronto on Feb. 2, 2012. That season, he batted .252 in 163 at-bats and stole 21 bases in 24 attempts for the Twins.

Mastroianni replaces outfielder Kenny Wilson on the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster.

 

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