Barrett appeared in 40 games and had a 4.50 ERA for Washington before he was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 6. He was placed on the disabled list the next day after telling the team that his elbow was hurting. Barrett said he was pitching in pain prior to going on the DL.
"It was something I was battling," Barrett said recently. "I didn't communicate it with the coaching staff. We all have nicks and pains we try to battle through. It's part of the game. I'm trying to help my team win, compete the best that I could. They optioned me down and I let them know what was going on with my elbow. That's when they made the decision to put me on the DL."
• Third baseman Yunel Escobar missed the three-game series against the Marlins because of a right-hand contusion. Manager Matt Williams hopes Escobar could play against the Cardinals starting Monday night.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.