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Harrisburg's Rivero strong in second start off DL

Harrisburg's Rivero strong in second start off DL

Making his second start for Double-A Harrisburg since returning from a three-month-long stay on the disabled list due to an arm injury, left-hander Felipe Rivero, the Nationals' No. 17 prospect, threw five scoreless innings Wednesday. It wasn't enough for a victory, however, as Portland came back to defeat Harrisburg, 5-3.

Rivero struck out six batters, walked two and held the Sea Dogs to one hit. He threw 70 pitches and matched his longest start of the season.

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Before his injury, Rivero opened the season with Harrisburg. He has made eight starts for the Senators, going 1-6 with a 5.18 ERA. He has struck out 25 batters and walked 16 in 33 innings.

Rivero was part of the package the Nationals acquired from the Rays in February in exchange for right-hander Nate Karns. Also included in the deal was outfielder Drew Vettleson, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Wednesday for Harrisburg. The Nationals' No. 15 prospect also was limited by injury this season (a broken hand) and is hitting .227/.260/.409 in 64 games with the Senators.

-- Teddy Cahill

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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