Nationals make second round of cuts

Nationals make second round of cuts

Nationals make second round of cuts
VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals made their second round of roster cuts on Friday.

They optioned pitchers Adam Carr and Garrett Mock to Triple-A Syracuse and reassigned first basemen Michael Aubrey and Kevin Barker, outfielders Jeff Frazier and Jonathan Van Every, catchers Carlos Maldonado and Jhonatan Solano and pitchers Luis Atilano, J.D. Martin and Josh Wilkie to Minor League camp.

In addition, the team also released reliever Cla Meredith, who had Tommy John surgery this spring. Meredith's elbow started to hurt during his first bullpen session of Spring Training. He was hoping it was scar tissue breaking up inside his elbow, as he already had bone chips removed from the elbow this past offseason. However, about a week later, he needed elbow construction.

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The Nationals' Spring Training roster is at 46 players.

Of the players cut, Carr was the biggest surprise because he pitched well, throwing four shutout innings and striking out two.

Last season, Carr was one of the best relievers in the team's farm system, going a combined 6-2 with a 2.75 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. That success carried over into the Arizona Fall League, as he posted a 2.08 ERA in 10 appearances for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

"Obviously, coming into my first big league camp, you want to impress people," Carr said. "I felt that I came in and made a strong showing. I just worked hard and lived by what I wanted to do -- just take it one day at a time. I felt good."

Manager Jim Riggleman said Carr wouldn't have seen a lot of time had he survived the cuts.

"[Pitching coach] Steve [McCatty] puts the pitching together and lines it up as to how many innings the starters are going to go, how many innings there are left for the relievers," Riggleman said.

"The opportunities for Adam to pitch and show what he could do were going to be minimized. He was going to sit too many days. So he needs to get into Minor League camp and get on a regular schedule."