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Nats void Ohlendorf’s option, place him on 60-day DL

Mar 26, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

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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.

  1. unkyd59 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Presto, chango! One 40-man roster spot…. Will there be anything else?

  2. sjm308 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Amazing how they can do that. Not saying Ross is not injured but I bet its not this easy to do in the NFL.

    No matter, all of our young guys are still with us and this gives Rizzo a couple months to work even more magic. I tell you, the window will never close!!

    Look for Moore and Perez to both be dealt (although I would love to see Tyler get a real shot next year)

    • DaveB - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Yep … a number of questions about that 1B opening will start sorting out this year …. Tyler and Brock Peterson will battle it out at 1B in Syracuse … hopefully Matt Skole will stay healthy and we can see how his skills move up to AA …. RZ will show whether his arm / defense is really back. Given the options, I agree that TyMo could be made available sooner or later. Not sure whether there usually just isn’t much value available for strong AAA players, or whether we just tend to overvalue our own, or whether Rizzo just always wants to keep those guys as insurance, but his track record seems to be that he hangs on until they just have to be released.

      • pdowdy83 - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Another somewhat overlooked option is Stephen Souza. He has played over 100 games at 1st base in the minors. If there isn’t room in the outfield for him in D.C. he could make a push towards 1st as well.

  3. Doc - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Thanks for the info on Souza, pdowdy83.

    Did not know that he had played 1B.

    We have 1B guys coming out the Nats’ ying yang!

    Souza and Skole are my 2 picks for 1B. Both can play multiple positions and know a few things about hitting.

    • zmunchkin - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      +1

  4. Doc - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Way to go Riz for finding someone to go to the DL.

    I wonder if Ohlendorf volunteered???? LOL

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