Nationals recall Lannan, Leon and Perez, reinstate Derosa

The Washington Nationals today recalled left-handed pitcher John Lannan, catcher Sandy Leon and outfielder Eury Perez from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and reinstated infielder Mark DeRosa from the 15-Day Disabled List. Additionally, the Nationals returned from rehab, reinstated from the 15-Day DL and optioned catcher Jhonatan Solano to Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Lannan is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts this season with the Nationals. The 27-year-old went 3-1 with a 1.63 ERA in his last five outings with Syracuse, improving his season totals to 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA in 24 Triple-A starts.

Washington’s Opening Day starter in 2009-10, Lannan is 40-51 with a 3.99 ERA in 130 starts during six seasons (2007-12) with the Nationals.

Leon is batting .250 (7-for-28) with two doubles, two RBI and three walks in 10 games this season with Washington. At three levels in the Nationals system this season, the 23-year-old hit a combined .322 (65-for-202) with 19 doubles, three home runs, 26 RBI, 24 walks and a stolen base in 64 games.

Rated the fastest baserunner and best defensive outfielder in Washington’s system, Perez debuts with the Nationals after posting a .333 (53-for-159) batting average with seven doubles, a triple, 10 RBI, eight walks and 20 stolen bases in 40 contests with Syracuse. Combined at three levels this season, the 22-year-old hit .314 (167-for-532) with 19 doubles, three triples, 42 RBI, 16 walks and 51 stolen bases.

During his last three seasons, Perez has tallied 160 stolen bases with a 79 percent stolen-base success rate.   

DeRosa, who missed the last 25 games with an abdominal injury, is batting .152 (10-for-66) with four doubles, six RBI, 13 walks and a stolen base in 34 games this season with Washington.