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The Nationals have re-signed right-handed starter Chris Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Signed during the spring to serve as depth for the Nationals starting rotation, Young, 34, spent the majority of the year on the disabled list with a shoulder/neck injury. Now, the Nationals and the 6-foot-10 veteran have struck a deal for his return to serve in the same role as last season.

Young, a former all-star in 2007 with the San Diego Padres, began the season at Class AAA Syracuse but struggled. In seven starts, he went 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 32 innings, and then he landed on the disabled list. He returned from injury late in the season and made a start for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate and another for Class A Auburn. He allowed only two hits over five combined innings.

The deal was first reported by the team’s MLB.com site.