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Nats Sign Reliever MacDougal

Mike MacDougal is a former all-star relief pitcher. These days he's a long way from regaining that form, but the Washington Nationals signed the right-hander today simply as another modest option for a struggling bullpen. MacDougal, 32, will be assigned to Class AAA Syracuse.

A nine-year big league veteran with 262 games pitched, all but three in relief, MacDougal closed games for the Kansas City Royals in 2003 (his lone all-star season) and 2005. He's spent parts of the last three years -- counting the start of 2009 -- with the Chicago White Sox. But on April 21, with five appearances and 12.46 ERA, MacDougal was designated for assignment; he later cleared waivers and became a free agent.

For his career, MacDougal has a 4.18 ERA and 50 career saves.

Washington's bullpen this year has a 5.28 ERA, and is currently using two veterans who weren't on the roster at the start of March -- Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez -- to close games.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 3, 2009; 12:41 PM ET
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If they don't play today do I have to go to will call to get my tix/raincheck?

Posted by: estuartj | May 3, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

They've already removed the tarp, and, looking at the radar, it looks like we'll be clear of rain (at least any significant rain for a while). Since this is the only time this year that Tony LaRussa and Company come to DC, I'm sure they're going to try their hardest to get this game in, even if it takes all day.

UPDATE: Johnny and Ray say the start time has been officially pushed back one hour.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 3, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I think they will play today since it would be nearly impossible to reschedule this game.

Not sure about rain checks for games.

Posted by: Roscoe4 | May 3, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that you'll need the original tix but I'd check with the team to be sure.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 3, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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