Aug. 7, 2006
Washington D.C. - The Washington Nationals recalled LMU's Billy Traber (1998-00) Sunday, August 6. Traber is expected to work out of the bullpen during the early part of the week and will likely start against the American League East-leading Mets on Aug. 12.
The move makes Traber the second LMU left-hander recalled in the last three weeks. The Lions' C.J. Wilson (2001) was recalled by his Texas Rangers July 18.
Traber made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2003, just three seasons after being a first-round draft pick out of LMU in 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 made two starts for Washington earlier this season, including a win over the Phillies on April 20 to give manager Frank Robinson his 1,000 career victory.
While with the Lions, Traber was the 2000 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the Lions to three-straight WCC Championships. Traber is still the LMU record-holder with 156 strikeouts in 2000 and was a two-time All-American.
Traber will likely work out of the bullpen early this week before making his projected start on August 12.
Also recalled in the last three weeks, Wilson has since made seven appearances for the Rangers, allowing only one earned run in eight innings of work.
For more on the Traber transaction, click here.
For Traber's MLB bio, click here.
For Wilson's MLB bio and photo gallery, click here.