The Nationals will call up top prospect Lucas Giolito from Double A to start Tuesday’s game against the Mets, the team announced on Monday.
Giolito’s promotion comes in the wake of Stephen Strasburg’s strained upper back, which landed him on the disabled list Sunday.
The 21-year-old flamethrower was ranked the No. 5 prospect by Baseball America before the season and is the second-highest remaining prospect, behind only Yoan Moncada, after the call-ups of Corey Seager, Byron Buxton and Julio Urias. So far in 2016, he’s 5–3 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts for Double A Harrisburg.
The No. 16 pick in the 2012 draft, Giolito underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after signing with Washington that summer. He returned in July 2013 to post a 2.78 ERA in eight starts for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League team.
– Kenny Ducey