Mar 26, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — The Nationals have voided last week’s option of Ross Ohlendorf to Class AAA Syracuse and placed the right-hander on the 60-day disabled list with a right lumbar strain, a move that opened up a spot on the 40-man roster for newly acquired infielder Kevin Frandsen.
Ohlendorf had been demoted to the minors Thursday and was slated to open the season in Syracuse. But the veteran right-hander had been dealing with a back injury all spring and appeared in only two Grapefruit League games, throwing a total of only 13 pitches.
A surprise contributor for the Nationals last season when he went 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 games (seven starts), Ohlendorf was re-signed over the winter for a guaranteed $1.25 million. He now won’t be eligible to return from the DL until late-May.
This move also cleared up a spot on the Nationals’ 40-man roster, which was given to Frandsen, who earlier today agreed to a $900,000 contract that will make the veteran infielder a member of the club’s Opening Day bench. The Nationals formally announced the Frandsen signing this afternoon.
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 p.m.
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