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Mattheus outrighted to Syracuse

Nov 24, 2010, 8:32 PM EST

The Nationals outrighted right-hander Ryan Mattheus to Class AAA Syracuse today, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster in case any new players are acquired.

Mattheus, 27, missed most of 2010 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He appeared in 10 rehab games in the Gulf Coast League and with short-season Class A Vermont late in the season, allowing one earned run over 11 1/3 innings.

The California native was acquired along with right-hander Robinson Fabian from the Rockies in the July 2009 trade that sent Joe Beimel to Colorado. He’ll be a non-roster invitee to big-league camp next spring.

The move leaves the Nationals with one open slot on their 40-man roster, clearing space in case they sign a free agent or add a player via trade.

  1. NatBiscuit - Nov 24, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    or perhaps, rule 5?

  2. Mark Zuckerman - Nov 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Yes, that could be the case as well.

  3. Andrew - Nov 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Wow, is that putting the cart before the horse or is there a Thanksgiving surprise from the Nationals imminent?

  4. JaneB - Nov 24, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    I know it's off topic, but I wanted to say that high among the blessings I will count this Thianksgiving…and I am not kidding … is this blog. First to Mark, for writing it and keeping us informed, and for setting the bar so high. Nobody writing about my Nats is as even handed, as insightful or writes as beautifully. Then to Mrs. Z, for her support of him, and the endeavor. Then to all of you — too many to list, but from whom I have learned much, laughed much, and rejoiced in the small victories that come with being a Nats fan. It's one thing to root for a team as, shall we say, "in development" as are the Nats, and to have only your (bored) family to share it with…It's a much deeper pleasure to share it with you all. I'm talking to you, various Anonymi, and NatsJack and Sunshine Bobby C and NatsFan1A and Ncognito and golfersal and Natbiscuit and the other Mark and My Sofa, and all the other various Sections and JayB too. Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. NatsJack in Florida - Nov 24, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Thanks JaneB…. and same to you.My sources say it's between us and the Marlins for Javier Vasquez…. Could be the spot is for him.

  6. JayB - Nov 24, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Thanks JaneB……and a Happy Thanksgiving to all…..we do have much to be thankful for…..NJack…how could the Marlins be able to beat Nats for Javier….All we have to do is spend more….that can not be hard right?

  7. Feel Wood - Nov 24, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Adam Dunn may have finally realized that his agent was lying to him when he told him there would be a bidding war for his services in free agency, starting at four years, with no DHing required. Perhaps the commission on the three year Nats offer will be Dunn's lovely parting gift to said agent.

  8. Section3,Counting you all as blessings... - Nov 25, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    Praise the Z's! Seconded.And Jane, you can talk Nats to us anytime. Follow this team for six years, you're bored-proofed!

  9. sjm 308 - Nov 25, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Thanks Jane and Happy Thanksgiving to you. Lets hope that in a few weeks we have even more to be thankful for. As small a part of life as being a fan is, its still fun when your team makes things happen. I also want to thank all the various people who keep this blog even and fair but most of all to Mark for his wonderful writing. It is a talent that he shares with us and let us never take for granted what excellent work greets us just about every day. Our team might not be on top yet, but Mark has reached that goal.Go nats!!

  10. Anonymous - Nov 25, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving! Forza Washington Nazionali!

  11. sunglass12 - Nov 25, 2010 at 6:16 AM

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  12. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Nov 25, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Thanks, Jane B, for your eloquence and just for being here. You spoke for all of us in your support of Mark and Mrs. Z. We're all in this together, and Mark and Mrs. Z seem to embody that spirit. Mark is never mean-spirited in his coverage and even if some of us tend to get a little "hot" sometimes, his clarity of thought and calmness of spirit are always a return to sensibiilities. I wish everyone a beautiful, safe, bountiful Thanksgiving with maybe a Dunn and a Vazquez wrapped under the Nats Christmas tree soon. Happy Turkey Day to All!





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