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Atilano designated for assignment

The Nats designated right-hander Luis Atilano for assignment Wednesday. The move was made after Major League Baseball approved Adam LaRoche’s  contract. Last January, Washington signed LaRoche to a two-year deal. 

As for Atilano, the Nats have 10 days to trade him, reassign him to the Minor Leagues or release him.

Last season, Atilano pitched in 16 games and was 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA for Washington before having surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow.

Atilano has a history of elbow problems. He had elbow reconstruction a few months before the Nationals acquired him from the Braves for outfielder Daryle Ward in 2006.

In other news: Every Nationals pitcher and catcher reported to Spring Training except for right-handers Elvin Ramirez and Henry Rodriguez, and catcher Carlos Maldonado  All three had visa issues and are expected to report in the next few days.

Luis Atilano headed to disabled list

Nationals right-hander Luis Atilano will be placed on the disabled list because of a sore right elbow, according general manager Mike Rizzo.

Atilano had an MRI on the elbow Wednesday and has bone ships in the elbow. He will have a cortisone shot and try to rehab the elbow. Atilano said he has been pitching in pain for several weeks, but didn’t say anything until after his start Tuesday in which he allowed five runs in four innings against the Reds.

Atilano, who was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Brewers, has a history of elbow problems. He had elbow reconstruction a few months before the Nationals acquired him from the Braves for outfielder Daryle Ward in 2006.

“There is soreness in the back of the elbow. I don’t even know what we are going to do yet,” Atilano said. “I want to pitch obviously. That’s why I took so long to say that my elbow was sore. It has been bothering me for  little while, but it got to the point where I couldn’t go on.”

Atilano acknowledged that he is frustrated by his latest injury because he worked so hard to get over his elbow surgery four years ago.

“I don’t know what it is now. It could be nothing. It could be inflammation, it could be whatever,” Atilano said. “It’s not that bad like when I had Tommy John surgery. That was really bad. I don’t have a bad pain now. It’s soreness.”

Atilano has pitched in 16 games for the  Nats and is 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA.

With Atilano out, Riggleman is not sure who the Nats will bring up. Riggleman didn’t rule out bringing up a reliever for a couple of days before needing a starter for Sunday’s game. It will depend on what happens in Thursday’s game against the Reds. If the Nats use a lot of relievers in the game against Cincinnati, the Nats will bring up a bullpen person.

As far as Sunday goes, the Nationals are considering left-handers John Lannan and Matt Chico to make the start against the Brewers.

Since being sent down to the Minor Leagues last month, Lannan has been up and down, going 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA.

Chico, who led the Nationals in most pitching categories in 2007, is 5-4 with a 3.55 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse.

Left-hander Ross Detwiler is also a candidate, but he pitched seven shutout innings, struck out seven hitters and walked one as Double-A Harrisburg blanked New Britain, 2-0, on Wednesday.

Maxwell optioned to Syracuse; Atilano recalled

After Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled right-hander Luis Atilano, who will start against the Reds on Tuesday night.

It marked the fourth time that Maxwell was optioned this season. Maxwell, 26, was 4-for-38 (.105) with one home run, three RBIs and 14 walks this season.

Asked if he was frustrated about being sent down as much as he has this season, Maxwell said, “The game is not frustrating. The process can be. Like I said before, I have a job to do. I’m not worried about all that other stuff.”

Atliano will make his second stint in the big leagues. He was 6-6 with a 4.85 ERA for Washington before being optioned to Syracuse before the All-Star Break. Atliano last pitched on July 15 against Pawtucket. He lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. 


Marquis placed on DL with elbow soreness

The Nationals placed right-hander Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with bone chips in his right elbow.

The team will recall right-hander Luis Atilano from Triple-A Syracuse after Thursday’s game, and he will make his Major League debut against the Dodgers the following day at Nationals Park.

The news comes three days after Marquis became the first starter in Nationals history to not record an out in a game. Marquis threw 28 pitches, 13 strikes, in that tough start, and he has given up 19 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings for Washington this season.

“It’s hard to pitch with [bone chips] in the elbow,” said general manager Mike Rizzo. “He was probably trying to gut it out. In my opinion, [the injury] probably has something to do with his poor performance.”

After Sunday’s game, Marquis insisted that he wasn’t injured. Even manager Jim Riggleman wondered if something was wrong.

“It’s an embarrassment, what I’m doing out there right now,” Marquis said on Sunday. “I have to find that answer quick. It’s just not happening right now. I don’t think there is anything behind the ball. I don’t feel any power, any feel of a release point to get the ball where I want it right now. I have to find a way to get it done. I don’t think my delivery is where I want it to be. I have no excuses. I just want to get it done. That’s all it comes down to.”

Marquis threw bullpen sessions the two days following his previous start, but his elbow became stiff by Tuesday night. Marquis informed the team Wednesday morning and had an MRI and an arthrogram. Marquis will see Dr. Tim Kremchek, the Reds’ medical director, for a second opinion.

“The trainer took a look at it and called our team doctor, and we got him in to get an MRI,” Rizzo said. “It showed there are some floating bodies in the elbow. We are going to get a second opinion.”

Atilano, 24, has pitched in two games for Triple-A Syracuse, and has given up two runs in 11 innings for the Chiefs. He was acquired from the Braves in 2006 for first baseman Daryle Ward. At the time of the trade, Atilano was recovering from elbow reconstruction, but he went a combined 9-8 with a 4.01 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse last season.