Barraclough (forearm) was activated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports. Barraclough was expected to be back in Washington after the All-Star break. That could still happen, though it's not clear why the team wouldn't simply leave him on a rehab assignment if the plan is to promote him soon. His 6.39 ERA in 25.1 big-league innings isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for a spot on the big-league roster, so it's possible he remains in the minors for an extended period.
Barraclough threw a scoreless inning rehabbing for the Nationals' GCL affiliate Thursday, striking out one and giving up two hits. Barraclough will be back in Washington over the All-Star break, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports. He's expected to make a few more rehab outings at a different affiliate and could be back in action once the break ends.
Barraclough (forearm) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Barraclough has been on the shelf since June 16 with radial nerve irritation in his right forearm. Wednesday's mound session is a step in the right direction for the right-hander, though he's slated to report to the Nationals' spring training facilities following Thursday's series finale in Miami to continue rehabbing, suggesting a return isn't imminent.
Barraclough was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with radial nerve irritation in his right forearm. Barraclough allowed three runs on three hits while recording only one out Saturday, and the forearm issue could help explain his struggles. The 29-year-old currently has no timeline for his return but will be eligible to be activated June 26.
Barraclough (0-1) took the loss Wednesday, getting charged with two runs on a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning while striking out one as the Nationals fell to the Mets. The right-hander entered the game to begin the eighth inning and protect a one-run lead, but after he gave up a double and a walk to put the tying run in scoring position, Barraclough gave way to closer Sean Doolittle, who promptly fell apart and allowed both inherited runners to score -- plus four more. Barraclough now has a 5.40 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 21:10 K:BB through 18.1 innings, but despite his weak numbers he'll likely remain in a setup role for now given the Nats' lack of better options.