Aaron Barrett wasn't able to get onto the mound in 2016, as he fractured his elbow in July while rehabbing from offseason Tommy John surgery, and as a result the Nationals removed him from the 40-man roster. When healthy, his sharp slider makes him a useful bullpen arm, but he'll have some things to prove before he works his way back into a major league role.
Barrett (elbow) cleared waivers Wednesday and declined an assignment to Triple-A Syracuse, making him a free agent, The Washington Post reports. He's recovering from two elbow surgeries in the last 13 months, so there likely won't be a big market for his services. When he's healthy, Barrett's nasty slider can make him an effective part of a major league bullpen in a middle relief or setup role, but it's not certain yet whether he'll even be ready for spring training. Expect Barrett to eventually land a minor league deal somewhere, potentially even back with the Nats.
Barrett was placed on outright waivers this week, The Washington Post reports. This doesn't necessarily mean his tenure with the Nationals is over, but after two elbow surgeries in 12 months the team was unwilling to use a 40-man roster spot on the reliever, much less pony up for him in arbitration. Barrett isn't expected to be ready to pitch again until at least midseason 2017.
Barrett suffered a right elbow fracture and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Barrett had already been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last September, but this serious setback likely means at least another full calendar year on the shelf for the reliever. Another surgery is essentially a certainty for the right-hander, as Monday's consultation with the famed orthopedic surgeon is primarily to evaluate the extent of the damage.
Barrett (elbow) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Friday, MASN's Dan Kolko reports. Barrett, who had Tommy John surgery last September, said he feels great, and it's good to see that he has begun the process of throwing bullpen sessions. However, it's still highly unlikely he'll return this season.
Barrett (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday. Barrett is recovering from September Tommy John surgery, and he still has several months to go in the process. He will have an outside shot to return to action late this season, but his recovery process generally takes about a year, so he could miss the entire campaign.