Yesterday the Washington Nationals made first cuts to their Spring Training roster.
The most notable players that have been optioned are 2011 draft picks Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke. They both have been optioned to high-Class A Potomac. Infielder Carlos Rivera was assigned to Class AAA Syracuse. Infielder Jason Hoffpauir, catcher Sandy Leon, outfielders Corey Brown and Xavier Paul, and pitchers Rafael Martin and Austin Bibens-Dirkx have all been assigned to minor league camp.
After making the cuts, the Nationals Spring Training roster is down to 45. Chris Marrero and Cole Kimball will open the season on the disabled list. The team has to be down to 25 players on the eligible to play list and can have up to 15 on 7-15 day disabled list.