WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Washington Nationals made their first round of roster cuts from big league camp Tuesday, reassigning 15 players to minor league camp.
Also in that group were right-handers Jackson Tetreault, Anthony Castro, Zach Brzykcy, Gerardo Carrillo and Tommy Romero and left-handers Alberto Baldonado, Evan Lee and Francisco Perez.
“Some of these guys, we want to get them stretched out; we don’t have enough innings, especially now that our starters need to go deeper in these games,” Martinez said. “We want to get them ready in case anything happens.”
Six position players were cut: catcher Brady Lindsly; infielders Lucius Fox and Erick Mejia; and outfielders Yasel Antuna, Donovan Casey and Derek Hill. Hill, 27, suffered a right hamstring injury last week.
All of the players Washington protected from the Rule 5 draft this offseason are still with the team. Washington put Matt Cronin, Jackson Rutledge, Jeremy De La Rosa, Jose Ferrer, Jake Irvin and Jake Alu on its 40-man roster to avoid any of those players being poached by other teams. They all survived the first round of cuts.