VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals announced their second round of cuts after Thursday's 8-5 loss to the Yankees. The Nationals optioned right-hander Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse and outfielder Eury Perez to Double-A Harrisburg.
The team also re-assigned right-handers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin to Minor League camp.
Of the players demoted, Maya and Perez are the biggest names. Maya has been a disappointment since he signed a four-year deal worth $8 million in 2010. In 15 games, Maya was 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA.
Perez had an impressive Spring Training, going 6-for-18 [.333] with an RBI and four runs scored. General manager Mike Rizzo said Perez could be the team's future center fielder.
"Eury Perez is just scratching the surface," Rizzo said. "He is one of our guys that we feel down the road could be our long-term answer in center field. He is a guy that is going to go back to the Minor Leagues and work on his craft."
The Nationals currently have 41 players in their big league camp.