• by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Nationals recall pitchers Matt Grace, Rafael Martin from Triple-A

    The Nationals announced they have recalled a pair of pitchers from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Right-hander Rafael Martin and left-hander Matt Grace were both added to the active roster. Both pitchers saw limited action with the Nationals earlier in 2015. They will provide manager Matt Williams with fresh arms out of a beleaguered bullpen down the stretch.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Nationals recall A.J. Cole, option Rafael Martin

    The Nationals recalled pitcher A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse Tuesday and optioned pitcher Rafael Martin to the same club, the team announced. Cole will start Tuesday against the Braves in what will be his major-league debut. He's posted a 2.40 ERA and 10:1 K:BB ratio in 15 innings with Syracuse across three starts. Cole was rated the No. 91 prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the 2015 season. Martin, who struck out five straight batters in two scoreless innings in his debut April 15, has posted a 9.00 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio in five innings.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Nationals call up Rafael Martin, designate Xavier Cedeno for assignment

    The Nationals have called up pitcher Rafael Martin and designated pitcher Xavier Cedeno for assignment, the team announced Tuesday. Cedeno made five appearances for Washington this season, posting a 6.00 ERA with four strikeouts in three innings of work.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Nationals cut Rafael Martin and Ian Stewart Wednesday

    The Nationals have decided to reassign pitcher Rafael Martin and infielder Ian Stewart to their minor league camp, the team announced Wednesday. Martin posted 1.35 ERA in eight appearances this spring with seven strikeouts and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. Stewart hit .279 with three home runs and four RBI in 43 plate appearances.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Nationals' Rafael Martin remains longshot to make team

    Nationals minor-league pitcher Rafael Martin has yet to be cut from major-league camp but remains a longshot to make the Opening Day roster, the Washington Post reports. "I feel like I can contribute to this team," Martin said. "I know we're stacked and stuff. But I could see myself getting an opportunity during the season some time. For me, it's just staying healthy because the last few years of surgery. … I just take this (spring) for what it is: Take full advantage and give it all that I've got." Martin has been turning heads with his slider, which took off after he starting holding in his grip like a cut fastball. "It got better spin and it was harder," Martin said. "At first it was 83-85 (mph). Now it's like 80-82. It has really good spin. That's pretty much my go-to pitch." "It looks like just like his fastball," minor-league pitching coodinator Paul Menhart said. "It makes it hard to detect." Martin has allowed one earned run in five innings this spring.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Nats assign six to minor leagues

    The Nationals sent Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Rafael Martin, Sandy Leon, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Corey Brown and Xavier Paul to minor-league camp on Monday.