Josh Bell “pumped” for Carl Edwards, Jr. to join the Nationals…

WASHINGTON – Carl Edwards, Jr. stood in entrance of his new locker right here Tuesday afternoon, twirling his Nationals’ hat together with his arms as he met with the native media.

After some eye-popping numbers with Triple-A Rochester, the veteran reliever was referred to as as much as Washington whereas fellow pitcher Andres Machado was despatched to the Purple Wings.

“I’m pumped for him,” Nationals’ first baseman Josh Bell informed Federal Baseball on Tuesday about Edwards. “He appeared actually good in Spring Coaching. He has an elite cutter.”

Bell made his Main League debut in 2016 with the Pirates towards the Cubs and Edwards pitched in that recreation for Chicago.

“I’m actually glad I don’t must face him,” Bell mentioned of Edwards, a local of South Carolina.

Edwards, 30, mentioned earlier than Tuesday’s recreation that his method to this season made an enormous distinction, even after he didn’t make the Opening Day roster.

“Simply have enjoyable; simply have enjoyable with these guys” at Rochester, he mentioned.

“I’ve lived and I’ve realized from the errors that I’ve made. I get to see the solar rise, I get to play baseball” for a residing.

Washington supervisor Dave Martinez was a bench coach for the Cubs when Edwards recorded some huge outs from the bullpen in postseason play because the Cubs gained the World Collection in 2016.

“Carl was actually throwing the ball effectively,” at Rochester, Martinez mentioned earlier than the Nats started a three-game collection towards the Mets. “And I spoke to [Red Wings’] Matt LeCroy, and we felt prefer it was time to get him up right here. He did all the things we requested him to do, he checked all packing containers. I believe he may also help us right here.”

Edwards was drafted within the 48th spherical out of highschool in 2011 by the Texas Rangers.

He made his Main League debut in 2015 with the Cubs and was with Chicago till going to the Padres through the 2019 season.

Edwards pitched for Seattle in 2020 then appeared with the Braves and Blue Jays final 12 months for a complete of seven video games.

Edwards was additionally offered together with his World Collection ring by Atlanta final week earlier than a recreation in Rochester for his position in being a part of the Braves’ membership final 12 months.

For his profession, Edwards is 9-8 within the majors with an ERA of three.73 in 206 video games with three saves.

“His curveball is de facto good; his cutter is his major pitch,” Martinez mentioned.

The reliever had an ERA of 0.63 and a WHIP of 0.49 for Rochester.

“His fastball command is what has separated himself from the final 12 months or two,” Rochester supervisor Matt LeCroy informed Federal Baseball in a phone interview on Monday. “He has gotten lots of swings and misses.”