Aaron Barrett

Nationals lose reliever Aaron Barrett to biceps injury

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One day after acquiring right-hander reliever David Carpenter from the Yankees the Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett on the disabled list with a strained biceps muscle.

Barrett appeared in a team-high 30 of the Nationals’ first 60 games, including five of the past seven games, so it’s possible the heavy workload caught up with him. He has an ugly 5.06 ERA, but it comes with a nice 28/6 K/BB ratio in 21 innings.

Washington’s bullpen was already in need of help before Barrett went down, so this puts a lot of pressure on Carpenter to emerge as a reliable option for manager Matt Williams.