KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Nationals have optioned left-hander Felipe Rivero to Double-A Harrisburg and re-assigned right-hander A.J. Cole to Minor League camp, with manager Matt Williams saying there weren't enough innings for them with the Major League team.
Rivero, who was part of the four-player trade that sent right-hander Nathan Karns to the Rays, allowed two runs in four innings. Cole, who was hoping to make the team as a fifth starter, didn't allow a run in 6 2/3 innings. He is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Thursday and will likely start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
"The plan is for them to start, so we need to increase their innings," Williams said.
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.