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08/06/2006 2:20 PM ET
Nationals recall left-hander Billy Traber from New Orleans
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The Washington Nationals today recalled left-handed pitcher Billy Traber from New Orleans. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.

Traber was 7-7 with a 4.05 ERA (56 ER/124.1 IP) in 21 starts for New Orleans at the time of the promotion. Traber posted six quality starts in his last 10 PCL assignments, and worked at least 6.0 innings in nine of his last 11 starts. He has allowed only two home runs in his last 11 Triple-A starting assignments.

Traber -- who currently ranks among Nationals minor leaguers in wins (tied for second with seven), ERA (seventh), and strikeouts (second with 102) -- is a prime candidate to start for the Nationals on August 12 vs. New York (NL), but until then, he will work out of Washington's bullpen, as he limited opposing PCL left-handed hitters to a .162 mark (22-for-136).

Traber, who signed with the Nationals as a free agent on November 15, 2005, was the Mets' first-round selection (16th overall) in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Loyola (CA) Marymount University. He was also the first left-handed pitcher selected in that draft. Traber went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA (7 ER/7.0 IUP) in two starts (win on April 20 at Philadelphia, loss on April 25 vs. Cincinnati) for the Nationals earlier this season. He is 7-10 with a 5.46 ERA (72 ER/118.2 IP) in two big league seasons with Washington (2006) and Cleveland (2003).

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