Rivera with the Washington Nationals
|Born: December 7, 1977|
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|May 25, 2006, for the Washington Nationals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 29, 2010, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||4.29|
Rabell Saúl Rivera (born December 7, 1977) is a right-handed former relief pitcher in professional baseball, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Rivera was selected off waivers by the New York Mets after the 2001 season. In July 2002, the Mets sent Rivera to the Montreal Expos as the player to be named later for a trade executed in April. In June 2004, the Expos traded Rivera to the Milwaukee Brewers with Peter Bergeron for Jason Childers and Jason Belcher. Following the 2004 season, he signed with the Washington Nationals.
Rivera made his MLB debut on May 25, 2006, for the Washington Nationals against the Houston Astros. In that game, he got his first hold, pitching 2/3 of an inning. He struck out one and walked one. He had been called up from Triple-A New Orleans on May 22, 2006. He finished his rookie season with a 3.43 ERA. He struck out 41 and walked 32. In 2007, he only allowed one home run in 93 innings pitched.
On December 7, 2009, Rivera was released by the Nationals to make room on the 40-man roster for Brian Bruney. Rivera signed a minor league contract with an invite to Spring training with the Cleveland Indians on December 21, 2009.
- Ladson, Bill. Nationals acquire Bruney from Yankees, Washington Nationals. Published December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009.