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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 02/20/2011

Luis Atilano clears waivers, assigned to Syracuse

By Adam Kilgore


The Nationals assigned right-handed pitcher Luis Atilano to Class AAA Syracuse today after he cleared waivers. The Nationals, who designated Atilano for assignment Wednesday, invited Atilano to major league spring training, and he should arrive later today.

Atilano, 25, started 16 games last year, fourth most on the Nationals, after joining the team midseason. He went 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA and underwent surgery in July to remove bone chips in his elbow, after which he did not make another major league start.

Atilano had been taken off the 40-man roster in order to make room for newly signed first baseman Adam LaRoche.

One other quick personnel note: Matt Stairs arrived this afternoon and took some batting practice. Alex Cora walked into the clubhouse a little later. With the arrival of those two, every position player in major league camp has at least checked into the facility. Tomorrow, Nationals players will undergo physicals.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 20, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
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"Atilano had been taken off the 40-man roster in order to make room for newly signed first baseman Adam LaRoche."

Uh Adam, too much frivolity at the Barry Svruluga memorial Panera ?

Tom Gorzelanny's contract was approved by the ML office. And then Atilano was designated for assignment.

Posted by: periculum | February 20, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hmm ... I see now that perhaps the Nats PR got it wrong?

Posted by: periculum | February 20, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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