Ryan Mattheus Injury Update: Reliever Placed On Disabled List, Chien-Ming Wang Called Up

May 20, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus (52) throws to the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

The Nationals have added a pitcher to their roster at the expense of another. As first reported by Craig Heist of WTOP Radio, right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus has been placed on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis.

The Nationals have added a pitcher to their roster at the expense of another. As first reported by Craig Heist of WTOP Radio, right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus has been placed on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis.

Federal Baseball has more:

Mattheus told reporters on Monday that he'd felt discomfort in his left foot while running at Citizens Bank Park before [Monday night's] game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The foot was reportedly bothering Mattheus for several weeks.

The injury is another blow to the Nationals bullpen, which had benefitted from Mattheus' solid performances. The 28-year-old right-hander had gone 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a WHIP of 1.300 in 20 innings pitched.

For his part, Wang has made a total of five starts at Potomac (high-A), Hagerstown (A), and Syracuse (AAA). In those starts, Wang posted a 3-0 record with an ERA of 3.52 and a WHIP of 1.272 in 30.2 innings pitched. Nationals manager Davey Johnson has said he will place the Taiwanese pitcher in the bullpen.

For more on the Nationals, visit Federal Baseball. For the latest news from around the majors, check out Baseball Nation.

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