First-round draft pick Ross Detwiler and Mike Bacsik, who gave up Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th homer, were among 16 players the Nationals reassigned to minor league camp at spring training Wednesday. Left-handers Detwiler, the No. 6 overall pick in June's amateur draft, Bacsik, Josh Smoker, Mike Hinckley and Charlie Manning, and right-handers Tristan Crawford, Ismael Ramirez and Jim Ed Warden were the pitchers sent to minor league camp. Also reassigned: catcher Devin Ivany; infielders William Bergolla, Yurendell De Caster and Antonio Perez; and outfielders Roger Bernadina, Frank Diaz, Tommy Murphy and Jorge Padilla. The Nationals also assigned two players to big league camp: right-hander Adam Carr and shortstop Ian Desmond. The moves trim Washington's spring roster from 76 to 62 players.
Left-hander Mike Bacsik, who gave up Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th homer, agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the Nationals. Bacsik was among 19 minor league free agents the Nationals announced Tuesday agreed to contracts and were invited to spring training. The other minor league free agents, several of whom have major league experience, are right-handers Steven Shell, Dennis Tankersley, Bobby Brownlie, Tristan Crawford and Jim Ed Warden; left-handers Mike Hinckley, Arnie Munoz and Jason Stanford; catchers Humberto Cota and Chad Moeller; infielders William Bergolla, Yurendell de Caster, Antonio Perez, Luis Jimenez and Ed Rogers; and outfielders Jason Dubois, Tommy Murphy and Jorge Padilla.
The Twins optioned RHP Julio DePaula, LHP Errol Simonitsch and LHP Ricky Barrett to Triple-A Rochester. The optioned LHP Alexander Smit to Class A Ft. Myers and RHP Oswaldo Sosa and LHP Jose Mijares to Double-A New Britain and reassigned RHP Tristan Crawford, RHP Brad Voyles, C Jeff Christy, C Korey Feiner, C Jose Morales and SS Gil Velazquez to minor-league camp.
The Twins have invited the following players to spring training: 3B Glenn Williams, INF Tommy Watkins, SS Gil Velazquez, OF Josh Rabe, C Jose Morales, C Brad King, C Korey Feiner, C Jeff Christy, RP Mike Venafro, P Jason Miller, P Jeremy Cummings, P Tristan Crawford, P Randy Choate and P Carmen Cali.
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