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NATS MAKE FINAL CUTS

The Washington Nationals made their final roster moves today before the start of the 2009 baseball season by optioning GARRET MOCK and JASON BERGMANN and assigning right hander pitcher JESUS COLOME to Syracuse.

The Nationals added non-roster players JOSH BARD (C), JULIAN TAVAREZ (RHP) and lefthander pitcher WILL LEDEZMA.

BERGMANN, 27 has played for the Nationals during parts of the past four seasons, making a combined 43 starts in 2007-2008.  This season he has been used exclusively out of the bullpen.

MOCK, 25, started his career with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the Nationals in 2006.  Used mainly as a starter, Mock made his major league debut last season for Washington going 1-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 26 appearances.

COLOME, 31, has pitched in over 300 games in the Major Leagues  with Tampa Bay and Washington. and has made 122 appearance out of the bullpen for the Nats the past two years all in relief.

The moves also allowed the Nationals to start the season with four starting pitchers leaving super pitching prospect JORDAN ZIMMERMANN expected to begin the season in Syracuse before the Nats need a fifth starter on April 19th.

CINTRON JOINS CHIEFS INFIELD

The Nationals today continued to shape their Opening Day roster by returning 30 year old infielder ALEX CINTRON to the Syracuse Chiefs roster.

The native of Puerto Rico has played in over 600 games in the major leagues with Arizona (2001-2005), Chicago White Sox (2006-2007) and last season with the Baltimore Orioles.

A career .297 major league hitter, the switch hitter had his best season in 2003 with the Diamondbacks when he batted .317 with 13 HR and 51 RBI.

Cintron will play all four infield positions for the Chiefs this season and join 2B Pete Orr, 3B Joel Guzman, SS-Jose Castillo, UT-Freddie Bynum and 1B Brad Eldred to form a potent attack.

 

PENA RELEASED, GLOVER BACK WITH CHIEFS

The Washington Nationals released outfielder WILLY MO PENA today after he refused his assignment to Syracuse.  PENA, 26, has played in over 500 games in the major league with three different teams, Reds, Red Sox and Nationals since 2002.

In addition the Nationals assigned righthanded pitcher GARY GLOVER back to their minor league camp today.  GLOVER, 32, pitched for the Chiefs in 1999 and 2000 as a starter.

GLOVER will compete for a bullpen spot in Syracuse.

CHIEFS DEFEAT ROUND ROCK

The Syracuse Chiefs behind excellent pitching and a two-run home run defeated Round Rock (Houston) on Thursday 3-0,

 

Jordan Zimmerman went 5 innings, allowing only 1 hit and recorded 8 strikouts.  Former Toledo Mud Hen Preston Larrison also tossed two shutout innings in relief.

Outfielder Ryan Langerhans hit a solo home run in the 4th inning and Jorge Padilla drove in two runs with a single in the sixth.

Chiefs Lineup:

Ryan Langerhans RF

Pete Orr 2B

Brad Eldred 1B

Justin Maxwell CF

Joel Guzman 3B

Jorge Padilla DH

Leonard Davis LF

Freddie Bynum SS

Mike Vento PH

Javier Herrera C

The Chiefs are home vs the Gwinnett Braves today in Vierra, FL.

 

ROUND ROCK NIPS CHIEFS 4-3

The Round Rock Express (Houston Astros) defeated the Syracuse Chiefs on Monday 4-3 in Kissimmee, FL.

The Chiefs lineup consisted of:

Roger Bernadina CF

Mike Vento 2B

Justin Maxwell RF

Brad Eldred DH

Leonard Davis LF

Joel Guzman 3B

Mark Whitney 1B

Jemel Spearman SS

Javier Herrera C

Luke Montz C

Brad Eldred went 2 for 3 with two doubles. Joel Guzman was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Mike Vento had an RBI single. Mark Whitney and Jemel Spearman had the other two hits.

On the Mound Tyler Clippard started and pitched 3 shutout innings allowing only 1 hit. Righthander Bobby Brownlie pitched the ninth giving up the winning run.

The Chiefs take on the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) in Lakeland, FL on Wednesday.

CHIEFS PLAY 1ST SPRING GAME TODAY

The Syracuse Chiefs began their 2009 Spring Training schedule vs the Gwinnett Braves this afternoon at Walt Disney World Complex.

Starting Lineup:

Jorge Padilla LF

Pete Orr 2B

Justin Maxwell CF

Brad Eldred 1B

Leonard Davis RF

Ryan Langerhans DH

Luke Montz C

Joel Guzman 3B

Freddie Bynum SS

Kip Wells P

The Braves had Lefty Jo Jo Reyes start against the Chiefs lineup.

NATIONALS SIGN A PAIR OF VETERANS

The Washington Nationals looking to create depth in their bullpen signed veteran righthanded pitchers KIP WELLS and JULIAN TAVAREZ this week to minor league contracts. Both could wind up in Syracuse with the Chiefs before earning a promotion to Washington.

WELLS, 31, was injured much of the 2008 season and pitched in only 15 games for the Colorado Rockies and 10 games for the Kansas City Royals.

He was a member of the 2007 St. Louis Cardinals and made 34 starts and was 7-17 with a 5.90 ERA.

TAVAREZ, 35, began last season with the Milwaukee Brewers before finishing the season with the Atlanta Braves. The versitile righthander made 43 relief appearances last season and recorded a 4.71 ERA.

Wells and Tavarez join veterans Josh Towers, Gary Glover, Gustavio Chacin, Wil Ledezma, Jorge SosaandJesus Colome as non roster players in the Nationals camp.

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