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Nationals activate Anthony Rendon from injured list

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The Nationals announced a handful of roster moves on Tuesday, including the activation of third baseman Anthony Rendon from the 10-day injured list. The club also recalled pitcher Erick Fedde from Double-A Harrisburg, optioned infielder Carter Kieboom to Triple-A Fresno, and placed reliever Tony Sipp on the 10-day IL due to a strained oblique.

Rendon, 28, was hit on the elbow with a pitch on April 20 against the Marlins. He played once more on the 26th before being placed on the IL. He was on fire prior to the injury, batting .356/.442/.740 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 86 plate appearances.

Fedde, 26, has just one appearance in a major league game this inning. It lasted four innings and he kept the opposition scoreless on a pair of hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Kieboom, 21, brought some hype when he was called up, but struggled over 11 games. He hit .128/.209/.282 with a pair of solo home runs across 43 trips to the plate.

Sipp, 35, has allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks with eight strikeouts across nine innings of work to date.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.