- - Monday, June 24, 2019

The Washington Nationals plan to promote veteran right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney, 42, from Triple-A Fresno in time for the series opener Tuesday at Miami.

The Washington Post first reported the move, which was confirmed by a report from MASN.com.

Rodney will become the oldest active pitcher in Major League Baseball.

“He throws strikes,” Fresno pitching coach Brad Holman told The Washington Times on Monday night. “He is going to throw it over the plate. His fastball has been up to 97.

“He obviously has a very good changeup. I have nothing bad to say about him.”



The promotion comes one day after the Nationals released Trevor Rosenthal, another veteran reliever. Pitcher Erick Fedde was sent back to Triple-A Fresno after Sunday’s home loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Rodney made his MLB debut in 2002 with the Detroit Tigers. In 2014 he led the American League with a career-high 48 saves.

Rodney pitched early this season for the Oakland A’s and was 0-2 with 9.42 ERA in 19 games out of the bullpen.

He was signed by the Nationals to a minor league contract on June 4 and had been in Fresno, where he was 0-2, 4.50 in nine appearances.

Fresno was slated to start MLB veteran George Kontos on Monday, according to MLB.com

Rodney had a 4.15 ERA in nine games out of the bullpen for Fresno.

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