Schroder hopes third time is a charm

Schroder hopes third time is a charm

WASHINGTON -- Chris Schroder can truly say he's been here before.

The 29-year-old right-hander was recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Columbus for his third stint with the Nationals this season. The move was made after infielder Ronnie Belliard was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Schroder was with Washington from March 30-April 16 and then again from May 11-14. He pitched in three games with no record and had a 2.25 ERA.

But despite being called up and down in a week, Schroder said keeping his focus won't be a problem.

"[Despite all the] going back and forth so much, it all comes down to a baseball game is a baseball game, no matter where you've been or how you've been traveling," Schroder said. "It's not hard to focus on baseball at all."

Schroder hopes to get the chance to pitch the way he did last year. He finished with a 2-3 record and a 3.18 ERA in 37 games and proved consistent in the Washington bullpen.

Opponents had problems with Schroder, batting just .208 against him. He wants to replicate that success again.

"I just want to go out there and pitch and hopefully do well," Schroder said. "Hopefully, there's an opportunity ... to stay up here and be successful this year."

Schroder had done well with Columbus this season. He had a 3-2 record with a 3.45 ERA in 12 relief appearances. The right-hander struck out 25 and walked seven in 15 2/3 innings pitched.

He found one small change in this trip to Washington. Schroder's locker had been moved from one end of the clubhouse to the other.

Other than that, Schroder's biggest concern was making sure he had the correct wardrobe. Nationals players wear suits when they travel, while players in the Minors don't have to.

That's why Schroder has to get his suits to Washington, D.C. His wife was scheduled to be helping with that on Tuesday night, but Schroder just smiled when talking about that. It's a small price to pay for being in the Majors.

"You're always happy to be in the big leagues," Schroder said.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.