Nationals summon LHP Gonzalez; option Perry

The Washington Nationals have purchased the contract of veteran

reliever Mike Gonzalez, who’s expected to fortify a bullpen still

without injured closer Drew Storen.

Gonzalez was signed to a minor league deal in early May. After

making one appearances with Triple-A Syracuse, the Nationals felt

the left-hander was ready to contribute in the big leagues and

selected his contract from Syracuse on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Gonzalez has 56 career saves. He pitched last

season for Baltimore and Texas.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo says of Gonzalez: ”He’s a

very accomplished veteran. We thought it was a good fit for us at

the time with some of the injuries we have in the bullpen.”

The Nationals optioned reliever Ryan Perry to Syracuse and moved

Storen (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list.