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Nationals option struggling reliever Wander Suero, call up another prospect

After allowing seven runs in his last 3 2/3 innings, the Washington Nationals optioned reliever Wander Suero to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, a move made in the hopes of rediscovering some of the right-hander’s confidence.

Suero holds a 6.29 ERA in 34 1/3 innings this season, and he’s especially struggled since the beginning of July. In 12 games, his ERA ballooned to 11.37, with batters hitting .315 with a 1.091 on-base-plus-slugging percentage off Suero.

The Nationals announced Javy Guerra was called up to take Suero’s place. And with catcher Rene Rivera landing on the 10-day injured list, Washington brought up catcher Riley Adams, the player received in the trade that sent closer Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays.