Milone (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and had his contract reassigned to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. The Nationals activated Erick Fedde and Joe Ross from the 60-day disabled list, so they needed space on the 40-man roster, and Milone obviously doesn't fit into the team's long-term plans. He logged MLB ERAs of 5.71, 7.63 and 5.81 in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, so his days in the big leagues may be coming to a close.
Milone (shoulder) threw two scoreless innings for Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The start was cut short by weather issues. The southpaw might need one more outing before returning to the Nationals. Milone might have a shot at another start this year after the club traded Gio Gonzalez to the Brewers, but he'll likely wind up in the bullpen instead.
Milone was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with left shoulder soreness, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Specifics regarding the injury remain clear at this point, leaving a possible return timetable up in the air. The 31-year-old compiled an unsightly 5.81 ERA across five appearances (26.1 innings) with the Nationals before landing on the shelf. Kelvin Herrera was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
Milone will work out of the bullpen Saturday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. Milone will cede Saturday's start to Jefry Rodriguez but will be available in relief for the Nats. The team said it will announce a move later in the day to open up a roster spot for Rodriguez, who currently resides on the Triple-A roster.
Milone allowed two runs on 10 hits and one walk across 4.1 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Cardinals. He recorded one strikeout. Milone allowed a constant stream of baserunners on the evening, but he was able to work out of jams to mitigate the damage. He allowed a run on three hits and a hit batsman in the first inning and another on two hits and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Milone also came back out for the fifth, but he loaded the bases with one out and was fortunate to see the bullpen put out the fire. The veteran has now allowed 10 hits in back-to-back starts, conceding a total of nine earned runs across just 10.1 innings in that span. He'll look to get back on track in a more favorable matchup with the Marlins this weekend.