The Nationals will officially announce the signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on Saturday, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.
We learned that the Nationals reached a preliminary agreement with the 28-year-old right-hander earlier this month.
According to what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it sounds like he’s not far away from making an impact in the major leagues.
“We think he’s capable of pitching in the major leagues very soon,”
Rizzo said. “You’ve got an accomplished, major league-ready caliber
pitcher that’s competed at the highest level.”
Maya was 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA over six seasons in Cuba and played in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.
A day after throwing an immaculate inning — getting through an inning on three consecutive strikeouts with nine pitches — against the Mariners, Dodgers reliever Zac Rosscup was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain. The move made room on the 25-man roster for Kenley Jansen, who is back after missing some time due to an irregular heartbeat.
Rosscup pitched the ninth inning of Sunday’s 12-1 win over the Mariners. He struck out Kyle Seager, Ryon Healy, and Cameron Maybin on three pitches each. Rosscup is the fourth pitcher to throw an immaculate inning this season, joining Kevin Gausman, Max Scherzer, and German Marquez. 2018’s four immaculate innings is still far behind 2017’s record of eight.
Rosscup has pitched only 6 2/3 innings in the majors this year. He has yielded five runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. He missed a significant amount of time earlier this season due to a blister on his left middle finger.