The Washington Nationals left the release of veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez, a source told MLB.com reporter Jesse Sánchez.
Washington ended its experiment with Rodriguez after the law made only five appearances in the minors. The Nationals signed him to see if there was anything left in the tank after he was released by the Tigers. However, it is likely that Washington saw more of the same from the pitcher who left 7.82 ERA with Detroit and decided to end the relationship.
In 5.0 innings in the minors with the Nationals, Rodriguez allowed five runs, four of them dirty, to 1.80 ERA. He gave three tickets, struck out two and threw a wild pitch.
Rodriguez is just one of a series of moves of the Nationals’ roster, who raised two other relievers to try to give depth to his bullpen bullpen.
Rights Trevor Gott and Austin Adams will be raised on Friday, a source confirmed to MLB.com. They will take the place of left-hander Sammy Solis, who was dropped on Thursday to the minor, and right-hander Joe Ross, who will be placed on the 10-day disabled list, according to the Washington Post.
The club, which starts a series of four against the Reds on Friday night, has not confirmed the moves.