The Nationals announced today that they claimed LHP Xavier Cedeño off waivers from the Houston Astros. The Astros had designated the 26-year-old for assignment last week after he posted an 11.37 ERA in 6 IP this season.
2012 was Cedeño’s first full season in the majors and he pitched well, with a 3.77 ERA in 44 appearances out of the bullpen. The Nationals have optioned him to AAA, and if he pitches well there, it would not be a huge surprise to see him in Washington at some point this season. The Nationals now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.