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Nationals activate reliever Ryan Mattheus

Friday - 7/26/2013, 1:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus from the disabled list prior to Friday's doubleheader against the New York Mets.

Mattheus, who missed the last 58 games with a fractured right hand, has a 4.96 ERA in 14 relief appearances this season.

In six appearances during a rehab assignment, he had a 2.25 ERA pitching for the Gulf Coast League Nationals, Single-A Hagerstown, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.

Because teams are permitted to add a player for doubleheaders, the Nationals won't have to make a corresponding roster move until after Friday's games.

Washington manager Davey Johnson said Friday morning that reliever Drew Storen has the flu and was likely unavailable for the doubleheader.

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