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Mason Thompson and his electric fastball make Nationals return

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Mason Thompson and his electric fastball make the Nats come back originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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WASHINGTON. Right-hander Mason Thompson returned from nearly three months of rehab from a bicep injury Friday against the Miami Marlins, displaying a powerful fastball that prompted the Nationals to sign him on last summer’s trade deadline.

Thompson, 24, was injured during the Nationals season-opening series with the New York Mets in April. He landed on the 10-Day IL after only two appearances and moved on to the 60-Day IL when Washington opted for a contract with Carl Edwards Jr. on May 10. rehab gigs this weekend with Triple-A but felt good enough to get back to D.C. early.

“It’s nice,” Thompson said of his return to the club ahead of Miami’s 6-3 loss. “I think it took a while to get back, but I’m happy to be back and feel good, feel strong, feel healthy. So it’s great to be back and be around the guys and I’m really excited to start.”

Manager Davey Martinez didn’t wait long to put Thompson to work, sending him to the top of ninth to face the middle of the Marlins lineup. He worked on Jesús Aguilar’s single to retire for 18 pitches (14 strokes).

The double-seam fastball/Thompson sinker averaged 96.9 mph and topped out at 97.8. He threw eight of the 10 fastest pitches in the game. recorded by statcast and despite having a lot of movement, the fastball managed to keep most of it in the zone.

“His fastball came out, he sank well,” Martinez said at the post-match press conference. “His slider was better. It’s something we talked about with him, not being afraid to drop it, and it was nice to see.”

The slider was something Thompson worked on throughout his rehab, including appearances with Triple-A Rochester. He only threw four in Friday’s walk, but the Nationals are hoping he can develop both the slider and the curveball he threw in bullpen sessions to keep hitters from sitting on his fastball.

To make room on the roster for Thompson, the Nationals nominated left-hander Sam Clay for the nomination. Clay, 29, has played in 64 games for Washington with a 6.02 ERA over the past two seasons.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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