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WATCH: Aaron Barrett gets told he's 'going back to the big leagues'

Gregg Henson
September 04, 2019 - 11:51 am

Aaron Barrett may soon pitch in his first regular season game for the Nationals since Aug. 2015.

A non-roster invite of the Nats this spring, Barrett had spent the past three-plus years recovering from a devastating string of injuries, undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015 only to fracture his elbow while rehabbing in July of 2016. Barrett was assigned to Double-A Harrisburg out of spring training, where he's gone 0-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 50 relief appearances (52.1 innings) with 62 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Senators manager Matthew LeCroy, who served as the Nationals' bullpen coach during Barrett's last big-league stint, broke the news through his own tears.

"Today I want to recognize a winner on our team," LeCroy said. "You've been an inspiration to me, brother, an inspiration to the coaches and to these players."

"And it's an honor that I got to manage you," he continued, fighting back tears. "But it's more of an honor to tell you you're going back to the big leagues."