Nats designate Logan Kensing for assignment

The Nationals designated reliever Logan Kensing for assignment after Sunday’s game against Reds.

Kensing was given the news by interim manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and acting general manager Mike Rizzo, when the team arrived at Nationals Park later that night.

Kensing was 0-2 with a 10.71 ERA in 17 games for Washington.

On Saturday, Riggleman acknowledged that he was baffled about Kensing’s performance of late. In his past six appearances, Kensing gave up 12 runs in his past 7 1/3 innings. Riggleman doesn’t think there is something wrong with Kensing’s arm. In Saturday’s game against Cincinnati, in fact, Kensing’s fastball was clocked at 96 mph.

“[Pitching coach] Steve McCatty and I talk about it a lot,” Riggleman said. “Something is easy to see for the hitter or Kensing is tipping his pitches, because when you throw that good and [the hitters] square the ball up on him like they have the last couple of weeks, something is wrong there.

“He throws too good to get hit that hard. We hope he gets it straightened out. We wanted to him have a clean inning and build on it. It just didn’t happened.”

It’s not known who the Nationals will call up on Tuesday. The Nationals are considering either outfielder Justin Maxwell or infielder Mike Morse, who are with Triple-A Syracuse. 

Maxwell had two stints with Washington this season, going 3-for-24 with an RBI. Morse, who came from the Mariners in the Ryan Langerhans trade last June, is hitting .327 with six home runs and 31 RBIs for Syracuse.

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