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Nats designate hurler Chico for assignment

Nats designate hurler Chico for assignment

NEW YORK -- The Nationals designated left-hander Matt Chico for assignment Tuesday night, setting the roster at 41 players. The move means Washington has 10 days to trade or release Chico, or outright him to the Minor Leagues.

Chico spent most of the season in the Minors, going a combined 7-9 with a 3.75 ERA with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He made one big league appearance, allowing two runs in five innings for Washington.

In 2007, Chico was arguably Washington's best pitcher. He led the team in innings pitched [167] and wins [nine], but it went downhill after that. He missed most of 2008 and part of the following season after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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