Bill Ladson

Latos, Burnett among Nats' additions to roster

Latos, Burnett among Nats' additions to roster

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals added seven players to their active roster Friday. They recalled catcher Pedro Severino, outfielder Brian Goodwin, right-handers Trevor Gott and Rafael Martin and left-hander Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse.

Of the seven players selected, this will be Gott's first stint with the Major League club. He was a combined 3-4 with a 4.57 ERA for the Gulf Coast Nationals, Class A Short-Season Auburn and Syracuse. Gott was part of a three-player trade that sent third baseman Yunel Escobar to the Angels in December.

The Nationals also selected the contracts of pitchers Sean Burnett and Mat Latos from Syracuse. To make room for those two players, outfielder Matt den Dekker was designated for assignment and right-hander Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

This will be Burnett's second stint with the Nationals. Burnett pitched for Washington from 2009-12 and was a productive lefty specialist for the club before signing with the Angels as a free agent after the '12 season. Burnett underwent his second Tommy John surgery in June '14, and though he has recovered, he hasn't pitched in the big leagues since then.

Burnett's scoreless inning

Latos will be reunited with manager Dusty Baker. The two worked together when both were with the Reds from 2012-13. In fact, Latos won 28 games under Baker.

Latos started the 2016 season with the White Sox, where he went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA. He was released by Chicago on June 17 and signed a Minor League deal with Washington 12 days later.

Latos has made six starts in the Nationals' Minor League system, posting a 1.64 ERA in three starts in Rookie ball before going 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Syracuse.

Latos is 70-57 with a 3.57 ERA in 188 games with the Padres, Reds, Marlins, Dodgers, Angels and White Sox.

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for since 2002 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.