Belisle (calf) was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday. Belisle hasn't pitched in the majors since he suffered a calf strain in late April, but he did have a rather lengthy rehab assignment, suggesting health shouldn't be an issue. Even with Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal strain) taking his place on the disabled list, Belisle doesn't figure to get much work in high-leverage spots.
Belisle (calf) gave up two hits and one earned run in one inning Sunday for Double-A Harrisburg. This was Belisle's third rehab game with Harrisburg after injuring his calf during a Nationals game in late April. He has allowed two earned runs in four innings of work at Harrisburg and is expected to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen soon.
Belisle (calf) will likely have his rehab assignment moved to Double-A Harrisburg, Chase Hughes of CSN Maryland reports. Belisle began a rehab assignment Monday for High-A Potomac, and through three appearances, has allowed two earned runs over a total of four innings. The right-hander believes he is ready to return to the majors at any point, though the Nationals appear more inclined to take it slowly with his rehab.
Belisle (calf) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Monday, The Washington Post reports. He might only need a couple of rehab appearances before being ready to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen. Belisle had a 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 3:1 K:BB with one hold in seven appearances (six innings) when he went down, and will rejoin the middle relief corps when he returns.
Belisle (calf) has been throwing from flat ground and could get back on a mound this weekend, The Washington Post reports. "I've been putting a batter to stand in, been going through all my pitches and made sure to keep it going," Belisle said. "I think a lot of it is the mental side, too. Each throw, if I'm really working on what I'm doing, the transition [to real games] will be a lot easier. The mound is just an acclimation to the incline, then go, go, go." Assuming he doesn't have any setbacks in his mound work, Belisle could be able to skip a rehab assignment and rejoin the Nationals' middle relief corps some time next week.