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Traber to Start vs. Phillies Thursday

April 19, 2006

Washington D.C. - MLB's Washington Nationals have promoted former LMU standout Billy Traber (1998-2000) to its 25-man roster from Triple-A New Orleans. Traber is slated to make his first big-league start of 2006 Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.

At LMU, Traber was the 2000 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the Lions to three-straight WCC Championships. The left-hander is still the LMU record-holder with 156 strikeouts in 2000 and was a two-time All-American.

Traber first advanced to the major leagues with Cleveland, after being a first-round draft selection of the New York Mets in June of 2000. As an Indian, Traber spent much of the 2003 season on Cleveland's active roster before having Tommy John surgery. In July of 2003, Traber one-hit the Yankees in a complete-game shutout.

Now with the Nationals, Traber turned heads in Spring Training, posting a 2.25 ERA in four starts. With the Nationals' rotation already set, he was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans. But after posting a 2.45 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 11 innings, and an injury to Nationals' starter Ryan Drese, Traber returned to a 25-man roster this week.

He is scheduled to see action right away as the Nationals' starting pitcher Thursday on the road against the Phillies. He will face off against Phillies' starter Ryan Madson (1-0, 2.77 ERA),

Traber is one of two Lions currently on active major league rosters. He is joined by pitcher C.J. Wilson (2001), who was activated off the DL last week by the Texas Rangers.

For more on the Traber transaction, click here.

For Traber's Thursday pitching match-up, click here.

For Traber's MLB bio, click here.

For Wilson's MLB bio, complete with photo gallery, click here.