Clippard recalled, Wells DFA'd

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After last night’s 11-3 loss to the Red Sox — in which the Washington bullpen allowed eight runs in 2 1/3 innings — Manny Acta hinted there may be changes forthcoming. Well, today the Nationals made one move, recalling Tyler Clippard from Class AAA Syracuse and designating Kip Wells for assignment.

The move certainly isn’t a surprise. Wells was, well, not good at all since coming back from the DL, allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Worse, he issued three walks, giving him 18 for the season in only 26 1/3 innings. Plain and simple, he wasn’t getting the job done in any way. So he’s now off the 40-man roster. The Nats have 10 days to either pass Wells through waivers, trade him or release him altogether.

As for Clippard, his promotion is long overdue. The guy had an 0.92 ERA in 24 appearances with Syracuse. He actually was prepared to be called up on Sunday when it looked like Jesus Colome was headed for the DL. I’m told Clippard actually flew to D.C., and the move showed up on the minor-league transactions. But Colome’s leg proved to be fine, so Clippard was out of luck.

Now he’ll finally get his chance to pitch in the majors again.

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