Washington Nationals Place Former Top Prospect Pitcher On Waivers

The Washington Nationals have made a move to bolster their bullpen by promoting reliever Andres Machado from Triple-A Rochester to the active roster.

To make room for Machado, the Nationals have designated pitcher Anthony Banda for assignment, removing him from their 40-man roster.

Banda has had a tough time on the mound this season, posting a 6.43 ERA and six strikeouts in 10 appearances over seven innings for the Nationals. The team has decided to move on from him and give someone else a chance to contribute.

Designating Banda for assignment means that he will now be available for other teams to claim off waivers or sign as a free agent.

Over his seven-year career, the 29-year-old holds a 5.69 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, with 109 strikeouts across 118.2 innings and 90 appearances.

It's a tough break for Banda, but the Nationals are hoping that Machado can help solidify their bullpen and contribute to the team's success moving forward. Photo Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports