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Nats DFA Dobbs, cut Garcia, call up Hill

Jun 25, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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The Nationals announced four roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, including the release of oft-injured pitcher Christian Garcia and the call-up of right-hander Taylor Hill from Syracuse.

In order to make room for Hill on the roster, the Nationals designated bench player Greg Dobbs for assignment. Second baseman Jeff Kobernus replaced Hill on the roster at Triple-A Syracuse after being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

The unconditional release of Garcia ends a once promising stint with the Nationals. The two-time veteran of Tommy John surgery was a great story in 2012 as he made his MLB debut at the age of 26 after years of battling injuries to his right arm. He came up with the Nationals to make 13 appearances and even pitched in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Garcia was expected to be converted to a starter the following season before injuries stalled his career. He made 10 appearances with Syracuse this season and held a 2.45 ERA before the Nats cut him loose.

Dobbs was DFA’d after batting .214 through 21 games with the Nationals this season. He was replaced by Hill to give the Nats another relief pitcher after their bullpen was exhausted in a 16-inning win over the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Hill joins the Nationals having gone 9-2 with a 1.92 ERA at Syracuse this season. The former sixth round pick in 2011 is 25 years old and has a 3.38 career ERA in the minors.

Kobernus comes off the 60-day disabled list after recovering from a broken left hand he suffered in the second week of the season.

  1. Doc - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    On the Nats’ web site they have JZim pitching in Chicago on 3 days rest. Kinda thinking that he was a placeholder for Hill.

    Can’t see Nats pitching JZim on short rest between starts.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      I still Treinen gets that start. You can call someone up for a doubleheader without sending anyone down.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        “still think”, not “still”

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      It’s Treinen I believe. Hill is the extra arm the Nats will keep and be replaced by Bryce on Monday.

  2. wearenationals - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    I dont understand why Garcia with a 2.45 ERA be cut loose. Can someone explain. Regardless, good luck Christian.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      He’s been injured.

      • Section 222 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        I thought Purke could go to the 60 day DL. Why cut Garcia now when you have that option available? Or is he already there?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        I think it has something to do with Garcia’s latest injury but I would have expected the Purke move 1st. An easy move to the 60 day DL automatically frees a spot.

  3. scnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    You look at the 40 man and think if not Garcia who gets cut. Tough move.

  4. Doc - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Garcia still had his great stuff—but he was chronically injured, good ERA or otherwise. Since ;12 he’s been injured more than he’s played.

    Sad tale for Christian. It’s getting late in the day for him to have a MLB career.

    Maybe he gets another chance; let’s hope so.

    Pitching in Japan, if he could get some offers, might be a great opportunity.

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