The Washington Times - April 23, 2013, 02:56PM

The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno off waivers from the Houston Astros on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cedeno, who was designated for assignment on April 18, pitched in five games for the Astros this year, walking seven batters and giving up eight earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. But in 2012 in Triple-A, Cedeno had a 2.28 ERA in 22 games (27 2/3 innings pitched). 

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From the stat line, it doesn’t appear the Cedeno is any kind of immediate answer to the Nationals’ lack of a left-handed reliever in the bullpen, but he is depth in an area they are currently thin at.

Cedeno also pitched in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico, along with countryman and now teammate J.C. Romero. In seven games (4 1/3 innings), Cedeno allowed one earned run off four hits and two walks. He also hit one batter.

– In other minor league news, after Nathan Karns earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors, infielder Jason Martinson won his second consecutive Player of the Week award, and Single-A Potomac teammate Taylor Hill won the Pitcher of the Week honors as well.