Washington Nationals relief pitcher Paolo Espino pauses on the mound...

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Paolo Espino pauses on the mound after giving up a solo home run to St. Louis Cardinals' Nolan Arenado during the eighth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday, July 15, 2023, in St. Louis. Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson

CHICAGO — The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Paolo Espino on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with a finger injury.

The Nationals also brought up right-hander Rico Garcia from Triple-A Rochester before their game against the Chicago Cubs. Catcher Israel Pineda was transferred to the 60-day IL.

The 36-year-old Espino has a flexor strain with a finger on his right hand. He has no record and a 24.75 ERA in three relief appearances with the Nationals this year.

Garcia is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA in 27 appearances over parts of four seasons. He made seven relief appearances with Oakland this year, compiling an 8.31 ERA.

The 29-year-old Garcia signed a minor league deal with Washington on Saturday.

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