Today, the Washington Nationals made second cuts. Four players were either sent to the minor leagues or to minor league camp.
Right handed pitcher Yunesky Maya was optioned for AAA Syracuse. Maya appeared in 10 games for the Nationals last season and posted a 1-1 record with a 5.23 era. Maya has gotten considerably worse since the Nats signed him two years ago. Many experts expect him to be at the backend of the rotation in Syracuse.
Outfielder Eury Perez was sent down to AA Harrisburg. In eight appearances this spring, he is 6-18 with four runs scored. He is expected to be the starter in Harrisburg and will likely be back to the majors within the next two years. Perez is one of the players the Nationals think can fill the void at centerfield.
The Nationals designated pitchers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Jaoquin for minor league camp.
Both pitchers were not expected to make the opening day roster. However, they both pitched well in relief efforts. Fulchino pitched four scoreless innings and Jaoquin tossed three innings and gave up just one run with three strikeouts.
After designating these four players, there are 39 healthy players left on the Spring Training roster.
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