Correction: Before Colume was placed on the DL, he was able to throw a bullpen session in front of Manny Acta, to prove his health. Clippard will remain in Triple-A for the time being.
The Nationals recalled RHP Tyler Clippard from Triple-A today to replace injured Jesus Colume.
Clippard had been tearing apart Triple-A since being converted to a reliever this season. In 23 appearances he is 4-1 with 41 K’s and a 0.96 ERA.
The 24-year-old former starting pitcher was once considered one of the top pitching prospects for the Yankees, and then for the Nationals. However many considered his fastball too straight, and believed he would never be successful above Double-A. Since his position change however this year he has been a dominant pitcher for Syracuse.
There has been a long history of unsuccessful starters who became excellent relievers and closers. A lot of this has to do with only having to pitch one inning as opposed to six or seven. When you go to the mound and can hurl your entire arsenal, as hard as you can, it makes it a lot easier to be effective.
Look at guys like Joba Chamberlain and Jonathon Papelbon, they are much more effective out of the pen then in the rotation.
2008 AAA: 6-3, 4.66 ERA, 125/66 K/BB
2007 AAA: 4-4, 4.15 ERA, 55/35 K/BB