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Nationals cut Will Ohman during spring training game

Mar 3, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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Adam Kilgore:

Will Ohman, who pitched the sixth inning today, was cut before the game ended. Tough day at the office.

The Nationals had signed Will Ohman to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp on February 11. He made his only appearance of the spring this afternoon against the Cardinals, allowing two hits and two walks in one inning of work. The 35-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Chicago White Sox, posting an aggregate 4.95 ERA in 80 innings.

With a surfeit of lefties in camp, including Zach Duke, the Nationals felt they had seen all they needed to see with Ohman after a single inning. Tough day, indeed.

William Ladson reports Ohman was joined by Bill Bray, Brandon Mann, and Tanner Roark as all were reassigned to Minor League camp.

  1. southofheaven81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    They couldn’t have just hung a red tag in his locker?

  2. jlovenotjlo - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I’ll be the first to talk about how much Ohman sucks and that as a White Sox fan I dreaded every situation in which he was brought into the game. He’s horrible!

    That being said… One inning seems too quick. Why sign him at all?

    • natslady - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      They signed just about anyone who breathes and pitches with his left arm. Some of us fans are having fun with the “competition.”

  3. natslady - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Rizzo doesn’t waste any time. The “competition” is down to two (Fernando Abad and Patrick McCoy), from the original five invitees. However, there is some thinking the Nats may not go with a lefty specialist (LOOGY) at all, but instead expect the righties to do the job.

    *Zach Duke already has a major-league contract, so he doesn’t count.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Rizzo has talked about going with one lefty, with Sean Burnett and Mike Gonzalez leaving, so no surprise.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    “And the manager heads out to the mound to talk to the pitcher….he seems to be carrying an equipment bag with him….that’s odd….the pitcher seems upset….and now the pitcher appears to be heading toward the left field exit which leads to the parking lot, not sure what that’s all about….”

    • edmata - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      now that would be hilarious

    • historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Muuuuch better. 😉

    • mazblast - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      I’ve always wanted to see that 12th pitcher walk in from the bullpen with a mop over his shoulder, then hand it to the manager. That guy would either be cut that night, or have the manager in stitches from laughing so hard.

  5. historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Damn, that’s cold. I hope he didn’t show up early on time.

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