The Nationals made their second and largest round of cuts this spring, slicing their big league camp to 46 players, releasing reliever Cla Meredith and optioning two players on the 40-man roster to Class AAA Syracuse.
The Nationals assigned pitchers J.D. Martin, Luis Atilano and George Washington alum Josh Wilkie, catchers Carlos Maldonado and Jhonathan Solano, infielders Michael Aubrey and Kevin Barker and outfielders Jeff Frazier and Jonathan Van Every to Class AAA Syracuse. The Nationals optioned pitchers Garrett Mock and Adam Carr, both on the 40-man roster, to Syracuse.
Mock and Martin are the lone players who appeared with the Nationals in 2011. Mock made one start last year as part of the opening day rotation before landing on the disabled list with a neck injury. Martin made nine starts last year before undergoing season-ending back surgery, going 1-5 with a 4.13 ERA.
Meredith signed with the Nationals this winter as a minor-league free agent. Meredith underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery early this spring after experiencing sharp elbow pain during his first bullpen session. Meredith had undergone a less drastic operation last fall to remove bone chips from his elbow.
Eight players not on the 40-man roster were spared from at least this round of cuts: Chad Gaudin, Alex Cora, Matt Stairs, Tim Wood, Ryan Mattheus, Derek Norris, Laynce Nix and Brian Bixler.