By Chris Lingebach


WASHINGTON — The Nationals have recalled right-handed reliever Rafael Martin from Class-AAA Syracuse as the corresponding move to Stephen Strasburg being placed on the disabled list.

Martin has a 4.40 ERA in 29 relief appearances — including 14 saves in 17 opportunities — for the Syracuse Chiefs in 2016. He has a 9.7 strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate with 31 total strikeouts.

The 32-year-old made his Major League debut last season for the Nats with a 5.11 ERA in 13 relief appearances, in which he struck out 25 batters in 12.1 total innings.

The Nationals have a three-game lead in the National League East coming off a 3-7 road trip and return home for a pivotal three-game series against the second-place New York Mets.

While it’s unclear how long Martin will remain with the Nats, it is possible he could being brought up for one game only and replaced Tuesday by a starting pitcher from the minors.

Yusmeiro Petit is also an option to start in place of Strasburg.

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