WASHINGTON -- The Nationals optioned right-hander Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, a day after his fourth start in place of Tom Gorzelanny. The Nationals will likely activate Gorzelanny from the 15-day disabled list Sunday for his start.
Gorzelanny made a rehab start Monday for Triple-A Syracuse, allowing four runs in four innings. He went on the 15-day disabled list May 23 with elbow soreness. A start Sunday against the Orioles at Nationals Park would come on six days' rest.
Maya made four starts in Gorzelanny's absence and completed five innings only once. He had a 6.86 ERA, and his only decision was a loss. His best start came in San Francisco, where he threw six innings of one-run ball. His final start was his worst, as he left in the fifth inning after allowing six runs, but the offense bailed him out with a six-run seventh.