Former UCLA pitcher Matt Grace made his major league debut Wednesday night for the
Ten of Grace's 15 pitches were strikes with his fastball registering at 91-92 mph and his slider at 82-84 mph.
Grace was called up from triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day when the Nationals put reliever Felipe Rivero on the disabled list because of gastrointestinal bleeding and traded reliever Xavier Cedeno to the Dodgers for cash.
The Nationals selected Grace in the eighth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of UCLA after he was a key reliever on the team that featured No. 1 overall pick
Grace was third on the UCLA team with 33 appearances in 2010, compiling a 0-1 record with one save and a 3.18 earned-run average. He struck out 23 batters in 28-1/3 innings.