Right-hander Luis Atilano removed from 40-man roster
In order to reduce their roster to the 40-man limit, the Nationals designated right-handed starter Luis Atilano for assignment. The Nationals will have 10 days to either trade him, release him or send him to the minor leagues.
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. At one point, Atilano improbably beat Tim Lincecum and Roy Oswalt in consecutive starts to improve his record to 5-1.
The Nationals needed to remove a player from their 40-man roster in order to officially make room for first baseman Adam LaRoche, whose contract was officially approved and processed by MLB.
| February 16, 2011; 9:01 AM ET
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