The Nationals optioned left-hander Mike O'Connor to Triple-A Syracuse and left-hander Ross Detwiler to Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday in their first round of spring training cuts. O'Connor was 1-1 with a 13.00 ERA in five games, including one start, for Washington in 2008. Detwiler, who was 8-8 in 26 starts with Class A Potomac last year, was the Nationals' first-round draft pick in 2007 out of Missouri State. The Nationals also reassigned eight players to their minor league camp: left-hander Justin Jones; right-handers Bobby Brownlie, Preston Larrison and J.D. Martin; catcher Javier Herrera; first basemen Chris Marrero and Matt Whitney; and outfielder Destin Hood.
The Nationals invited C Javi Herrera, OF Ryan Langerhans and OF Destin Hood to spring training.
The Nationals reassigned RHP Collin Balester, RHP Rob Bell, LHP Eude Brito, RHP Bobby Brownlie, RHP Adam Carr, SS Ian Desmond, OF Jason Dubois, C Javier Herrera, 1B Luis Jimenez, SS Ed Rogers, RHP Brian Sanches, LHP Jason Stanford and RHP Dennis Tankersley to minor league camp. Also, they optioned OF Rogeravin Bernadina to Double-A Harrisburg, RHP Tyler Clippard to Triple-A Columbus, LHP Ross Detwiler to Class A Potomac, OF Justin Maxwell to Double-A Harrisburg, RHP Garrett Mock and 1B Josh Whitesell to Triple-A Columbus. Finally, they released C Chad Moeller unconditionally.
The Nationals signed RHP Rob Bell, RHP Charlie Manning, RHP Ismael Ramirez, C Wil Nieves, C Javi Herrera and LHP Katsuhiko Maekawa to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Also, they invited farm hands RHP Collin Balester, OF Frank Diaz and LHP Josh Smoker to spring training.
The Indians optioned OF Brad Snyder to Triple-A Buffalo, re-assigned C Javier Herrera, LHP Scott Lewis, LHP Chuck Lofgren and Aaron Laffey to minor-league camp.