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Nationals place Zach Day, Alex Escobar on 15-day DL
05/22/2006 11:55 PM ET
The Washington Nationals today placed right-handed pitcher Zach Day (right shoulder tendinitis) and outfielder Alex Escobar (grade one strain of left hamstring) on the 15-Day Disabled List, and transferred right-handed pitcher Ryan Drese to the 60- from the 15-Day Disabled List. The Nationals then recalled right-handed pitcher Saul Rivera and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Santiago Ramirez from New Orleans of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcements.

Rivera, 28, is 1-1 with one save and 1.59 ERA (5 ER/28.1 IP) in 12 appearances-11 of which lasted at least 2.0 innings-for New Orleans this season. Rivera, who has fanned 10.2 batters per 9.0 innings during his professional career, was recalled by Washington earlier this season (recalled April 14, optioned to New Orleans April 19), but has yet to pitch in a big league game. Despite entering the 2006 campaign never having pitched above Double-A, Rivera fanned 7.9 batters per 9.0 innings pitched while in the PCL this season.

Ramirez, 27, was 2-1 with seven saves and a 0.99 ERA (3 ER/27.1 IP) in 19 appearances with New Orleans upon earning his first major league promotion. In 11 Pacific Coast League appearances beginning April 29, Ramirez was 1-0 with 6 saves and a 0.69 ERA (1 ERE/13.0 IP). Signed by the Nationals as a minor-league free agent on February 10, 2006, Ramirez was tied for second in the PCL in saves upon being promoted. Opposing PCL batters were hitting just .174 (16-for-92) at his expense this season.

The 27 year-old Day, who took the loss in tonight's 10-3 setback vs. Houston, is 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA this season.

Escobar, 27, went 3-for-8 in two games with the Nationals after being promoted on Saturday from New Orleans.

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