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Nationals make first round of cuts

The Nationals re-assigned pitchers Victor Garate, Logan Kensing, Joel Peralta and Ryan Speier, catcher Derek Norris and outfielder Jerry Owens to Minor League camp on Thursday.

The team also gave left-handers Shawn Estes and Eddie Guardado their unconditional release. The Nationals currently have 53 players in their big-league camp. 

“It’s that time where you get the roster to a more manageable number, especially with the pitching” manager Jim Riggleman said. “We are going to try to stretch the starters out a little bit. A couple of clubs have already done it. We just needed to get a manageable number.” 

Of the players sent to Minor League camp, Norris, 21, is the player with the most upside. He is considered Washington’s catcher of the future. He took the news in stride and realizes that he must improve his defense behind the plate. 

Norris played in six games this spring and was hitless in four at-bats. His best time, he said, was learning from catchers Ivan Rodriguez and Jamie Burke.

“I learned a lot, especially on the defense side,” Norris said. “There were a lot of veteran guys around here who taught me a lot. I’m looking forward to taking what they showed me toward the season and see how it pans out behind the plate compared to last year. They gave me a lot of tips and pointers for my game. I think it will be a tremendous compliment for my game behind the plate.” 

Estes and Guardado were signed to Minor League deals this winter to provide leadership to the young pitching staff, but they were hit hard during the exhibition season. Estes gave up two runs in one inning, while Guardado gave  up seven runs — four earned — in two innings. 

Estes said he is not sure what he is going to do —  keep pitching or retire. He plans to talk to his wife and his agent before making a final decision.

Guardado was not available for comment.

A lot of news in Nats camp

The team optioned right-hander Collin Balester to Triple-A Syracuse, reassigned outfielder Corey Patterson and infielder Juan Castillo to Minor League camp.

The Nationals also sent catcher Javier Valentin to Minor League camp, but he opted to become a free agent.

Balester’s demotion means that right-handers Shairon Martis and Jordan Zimmermann will be the fourth and fifth starters in the rotation, respectively.

The Nationals also placed outfielder Wily Mo Pena on waivers. Opposing teams have three days to claim him and pick up his $2 million salary. If not, the Nationals could outright him to Triple-A Syracuse or Pena could elect to become a free agent. Washington would prefer if Pena went to Syracuse and get more at-bats.

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Nats make second round of cuts

This release came from the Nationals a few minutes ago:

The Washington Nationals today reassigned right-handed pitcher Josh Towers, catcher Gustavo Molina, infielders Freddie Bynum and Joel Guzman, and outfielder Jorge Padilla to minor league camp.

The Nationals also optioned right-handed pitchers Tyler Clippard and Marco Estrada and outfielders Leonard Davis and Justin Maxwell to Triple-A Syracuse, and optioned  right-handed pitcher Luis Atilano and infielder Ian Desmond to Double-A Harrisburg.

After today’s moves, the Nationals’ spring roster stands at 47.