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Bisenius becomes free agent

Nov 11, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

So much for the Joe Bisenius Experiment. The Nationals secured outright waivers on the reliever, who then elected to become a free agent.

Thus ends Bisenius’ short-lived stint with the Nats. The 28-year-old right-hander, signed to a minor-league contract early in the season after a tryout with an independent team in his hometown of Sioux City, Iowa, pitched well enough at three levels of the Nationals’ farm system (posting a 3.05 ERA) to earn a September call-up.

The hard-throwing reliever, though, didn’t offer up much in five big-league appearances. He allowed six runs (five earned) and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking six while striking out five.

Bisenius (who had pitched the previous six years in the Phillies’ system) may have been deemed expendable because of the late-season emergence of Collin Balester, a similar hard-throwing right-hander who after fizzling out as a starter reinvented himself as a reliever and wound up posting a 1.35 ERA in 11 September appearances to put himself in the mix for a job in 2011.

  1. natsfan1a - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Vale, Josephus Bisenius.

  2. Anonymous - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    We'll be seein' ya, Besinius.

  3. Traveler8 - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Interesting that there isn't even a picture of him in a Nats' hat. I thought the Nats and everyone else could just photoshop that stuff – guess no one ever got around to it.

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