VIERA, Fla. -- After their 7-6 victory over the Cardinals, the Nationals re-assigned pitchers Bill Bray, Brandon Mann, Will Ohman and Tanner Roark to Minor League camp. The Nationals currently have 50 players in their big league camp.
Manager Davey Johnson acknowledged the Nationals had too many pitchers in camp and ran out of innings for the pitchers who were sent to Minor League camp.
Of the four players, Bray most needs to fix his pitching mechanics. Johnson feels Bray can get it done in a less-stressful environment. Bray does not have an opt-out clause in his contract. Johnson didn't rule out Bray making the Opening Day roster if one of the relief pitchers goes down with an injury.
"We still like him a lot, like his makeup, like everything about him, but we would like him to get him back to the form when he was here," Johnson said. "I like the way he competes. I know [pitching coach Steve] McCatty is a little uncomfortable with his mechanics."
Bray acknowledged that he still needs to work on his mechanics. He needs to fix his arm slot.
"I think anybody who has seen me pitch before knows that it's not quite where it needs to be," Bray said. "The velocity is ticking up a little bit for me. My arm strength, my leg and back feels good. All the pieces are there. I just have to put it together."
Ohman didn't play in his first spring game until Sunday because of hamstring issues. Against the Cardinals, Ohman pitched one shutout inning, but walked two batters. Roark and Mann were hit hard, allowing a 11 runs in 5 1/3 innings.