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Matt Belisle | Relief Pitcher | #18

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/6/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Belisle will not be available for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.
Belisle tossed three innings in Tuesday's 8-1 loss, so Nationals manager Dusty Baker will give him a day off to let him rest up. This season, the 36-year-old right-hander holds an impressive 1.89 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio over 38 innings. Wed, Aug 24, 2016 04:23:00 PM

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Nationals activated RHP Matt Belisle from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll take Jonathan Papelbon's spot on the active roster. Belisle has been sidelined since late April with a strained right calf. The veteran reliever posted a 4.09 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio in 11 innings during his minor league rehab assignment.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 02:03:00 PM

Mark Zuckerman of MASN suspects the Nationals will activate Matt Belisle (calf) on Wednesday.

Belisle is recovered from his late-April calf strain and has already logged three rehab appearances. He's ready. The right-hander posted a 1.50 ERA in six innings with the Nationals before landing on the DL.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 11:37:00 PM

Matt Belisle (calf) allowed one run in two innings Tuesday night with Double-A Harrisburg.

Belisle has now made four rehab appearances and should be just about ready to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen. The right-hander had a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances before straining his right calf in late April. It sounds like a Friday activation is possible.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Matt Belisle (calf) tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Potomac.

Belisle, who is working his way back from a right calf strain, gave up one hit and struck out one. He should be back in the Nationals' bullpen in a few days. The veteran right-hander had a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances prior to hitting the DL.
Tue, May 24, 2016 08:53:00 AM

Matt Belisle (calf) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

He's working his way back from a strained right calf. The 35-year-old was pitching well before he got hurt. He carries a 1.50 ERA across seven appearances this season.
Sat, May 21, 2016 10:19:00 PM

Matt Belisle (calf) threw a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

"It went great," Belisle said. "It was totally normal. I felt really good. I threw all of my pitches. I had a hitter stand in. It was great." Belisle will begin a rehab assignment soon and should rejoin the Nationals' bullpen before the end of the month.
Sun, May 15, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Nationals placed RHP Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain.

Belisle suffered the injury while landing after a pitch Tuesday night against the Phillies. If it's a significant strain, he could be out for over a month.
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 02:12:00 PM

Matt Belisle has been diagnosed with a right calf strain.

The severity of the strain has not been determined. Belisle suffered the injury on Tuesday night while making a relief appearance against the Phillies. He is probably headed for the 15-day disabled list.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 10:50:00 PM

Matt Belisle was pulled from an appearance Tuesday because of an apparent injury.

Belisle came off the mound awkwardly during a delivery to Cesar Hernandez in the top of the eighth inning. He tried a warmup toss and was then lifted. There should be an update from the Nats after the game.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 09:49:00 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Matt Belisle from Triple-A Syracuse.

Belisle could have opted out of his minor league contract with the Nationals on Sunday, so they decided to make him part of their active roster. The veteran right-hander posted an impressive 2.67 ERA in 34 appearances last season with the Cardinals, though he did battle elbow troubles along the way. If he's able to stay healthy in Washington, he can be an asset in middle relief.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 12:11:00 PM

Matt Belisle can opt out of his minor league contract on Sunday.

Belisle is hoping to secure a bullpen spot for Opening Day but his 5.06 ERA this spring might not be enough to get the job done. "That's something I can't control," said Belisle when asked about his roster status. "I have to get on the bus, go to bed and report tomorrow." The 35-year-old pitched to a 2.67 ERA in 34 appearances for the Cardinals in 2015.
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 10:40:00 PM

Matt Belisle injured his calf at Saturday's workout.

Manager Dusty Baker said it's nothing to be concerned about. Belisle signed with Washington on Wednesday after spending most of the offseason recovering from arthroscopic elbow surgery. He's competing with Burke Badenhop for the final spot in the Nats' bullpen.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 10:03:00 PM

Nationals signed RHP Matt Belisle to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Belisle was plagued by elbow injuries during the 2015 campaign and ultimately underwent arthroscopic surgery in October. When healthy, the 35-year-old right-hander pitched to a 2.67 ERA and 25/15 K/BB ratio across 33 2/3 innings with the Cardinals last season. With a career 4.34 ERA, he's a fringe candidate to make the Opening Day roster.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 08:05:00 PM

Matt Belisle will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Monday.

The hope is that he'll merely have to have bone chips removed. Belisle was limited to just 34 relief appearances this season while battling elbow issues. The 35-year-old will be a free agent this winter.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 01:14:00 PM

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