Maxwell optioned to Triple A Syracuse

The Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Triple A Syracuse on Sunday. The team now has 36 players in its big-league camp.

Manager Jim Riggleman was hoping that Maxwell would be on the team’s 25-man roster, but the latter ended up having the worst Spring Training of his career, going 5-for-49 [.102]  with a homer and four RBIs. Maxwell told Riggleman that he found his swing the last few days, but it proved to be too late. Maxwell will now work on his hitting skills with Syracuse hitting coach Jerry Browne.

“I have to be honest. I wanted Maxwell to make the ballclub,” Riggleman said. “That’s the way I came into the spring. He is really a good makeup guy. He is a great athlete, but he is just having some problems with the bat and we have to go in a different direction for a while. I know he is going to play for us soon. We have some other options right now.”

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