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Kip Wells becomes free agent

Right-hander Kip Wells has cleared waivers and elected free agency. On June 24th, the Nationals designated Wells for assignment after going 0-2 with a 6.49 ERA in 23 relief appearances.

Clippard promoted to bigs; Wells let go

The Nationals recalled right-hander Tyler Clippard  from Triple-A Syracuse and designated right-hander Kip Wells for assignment.

Clippard is having the best season of his professional career, going 4-1 with a 0.92 ERA in 24 appearances for Syracuse.

Wells was 0-2 with a 6.49 ERA in 23 relief appearances with the Nationals this season. 

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Hanrahan out as Nats closer

A day after watching the bullpen blow a four-run, the Nationals have decided that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will no longer be the closer and Garrett Mock will no longer be the eighth inning guy.

The team will go with a bullpen-by-committee with right-handers Julian Tavarez and Kip Wells as the late inning guys. Once left-hander Joe Beimel is activated from the disabled list next week, he will most likely be the closer, while Tavarez and Wells become the set-up guys. 

With Mock on the mound, Shane Victorino hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Pedro Feliz and make it 11-8. After Chase Utley singled in Jimmy Rollins, Hanrahan entered the game and couldn’t find the strike zone.

Hanrahan walked both Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth on 10 pitches. Raul Ibanez then came to the plate. Hanrahan felt he had no choice but to throw a fastball to Ibanez. Hanrahan paid the price as Ibanez hit a grand slam. It was Hanrahan’s third blown save of the season.

“I hope I don’t wear out this word, but, again, it was deflating,” manager Manny Acta said. “Our offense just battled all day and scored enough runs. We played so hard for eight innings to score enough runs. You lose the game in one inning, it just tough for the whole team.”

Some info to pass along about Nationals

* Nationals Minor League position players are expected to report to camp on Friday, but shortstop Carlos Alvarez David Lugo, who previously called himself Esmailyn Gonzalez, is not expected to arrive that day because of work visa issues. There is no timetable as to when he will report to camp.

Lugo, who received a $1.4 million signing bonus from the Nationals in 2006, was the center of controversy last month when it was reported that he allegedly falsified his name and age. In Washington’s 2008 media guide, Lugo is listed as 19 years old, but he is four years older.

* Right-hander Shawn Hill is expected to have a bullpen session on Friday. If things go well, Hill might be able to pitch in a game sometime next week.

* I saw Kip Wells today. He prefers starting over relieving. Manager Manny Acta said Wells will work on the Minor League field as a reliever.

* Acta said Jesus Flores’ right elbow is getting better, but there is no timetable as to when Flores will play in a game.

Nationals sign Kip Wells

The Nationals agreed to terms on a non-guaranteed Minor League contract with right-hander Kip Wells on Wednesday.  He is expected to be a starter and reliever during Spring Training.  

Last year, Well was with the Rockies and Royals and gave up a combined 26 earned runs in 37 2/3 innings. However, the Nationals feel he can be useful on the mound after watching him workout in Texas on Monday. 

“He threw free and easy and his stuff was still good,” assistant general manager Mike Rizzo said.  “It is a good low-risk Minor League deal.  We are trying to improve ourselves in every way we can, so this is one of the ways to acquire players. We hope that [pitching coordinator] Spin Williams and [pitching coach] Randy St. Claire can straighten him out.”

Wells, 31, is 65-94 with a 4.67 ERA in 256 games in 10-big league seasons. He has spent time with the White Sox, Pirates, Rangers, Cardinals, Rockies and Royals.