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NATS MAKE FINAL CUTS, READY TO BEGIN SEASON

[March 30th] -- There are now 25 Washington Nationals.

Michael Tucker was released outright, meaning his days as a major leaguer are likely over. He really never had a chance to make the team anyway, but his poor play this spring sealed his fate. Kevin Gryboski was optioned to New Orleans, which surprised me a bit; I thought his good spring might have given him at least an outside shot at making the team. Travis Hughes and Alberto Castillo and Travis Hughes were also added to the Zephyr roster. Wicki Gonzalez made the club as the team's backup catcher, as did Daryle Ward, who will likely be a lefty pinch hitter.

Your Washington Nationals:

Catchers: Brian Schneider, Wiki Gonzalez

Infielders: Nick Johnson, Jose Vidro, Royce Clayton, Ryan Zimmerman, Matt LeCroy, Daryle Ward, Damian Jackson, Marlon Anderson

Outfielders: Jose Guillen, Alfonso Soriano, Brandon Watson, Marlon Byrd

Pitchers: Livan Hernandez, John Patterson, Pedro Astacio, Ramon Oritz, Tony Armas Jr., Gary Majewski, Felix Rodriguez, Jon Rauch, Mike Stanton, Chad Cordero, Joey Eischen

This is a 72 to 75 win team. Ryan Church would have added three wins to those numbers. Hopefully, he'll be back soon enough to make an impact.

More later.


Comments:
"I thought his good spring might have given him at least an outside shot at making the team."

Oh come on now...you didn't fall for that old trick when it came to Nats pitching? *laughs*
 
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