Collins (elbow) logged one scoreless inning in his debut appearance for High-A Potomac on Sunday. Collins hadn't pitched in games since 2014 prior to his rehab assignment with the Nationals rookie-league affiliate, so the team will bring him along slowly as he gets acclimated to professional baseball again. He will likely find his way back to the upper levels of the minors later this season or in the early portion of 2018.
Collins (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning during a rehab appearance Saturday for the Nationals' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. He struck out a batter and surrendered two hits. It was Collins' first appearance in affiliated ball since 2014 after a pair of Tommy John surgeries sidelined him for two and a half years. Still just 27 years old, the left-handed Collins has plenty of time to reemerge as a big-league bullpen arm, but it might be unwise to bank on that happening in 2017 while he reacquaints himself with pitching again.
Collins was sent to the Nationals' minor league camp Friday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. The former Royals reliever hasn't pitched at all since 2014, and Collins will have to continue his comeback from two Tommy John surgeries with Triple-A Syracuse.
Collins (elbow) signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. He has had two Tommy John surgeries and has not pitched since 2014. Collins is listed at 5-foot-7, yet the stuff was good enough that he was once a notable pitching prospect. If he comes into camp healthy, he could serve as organizational bullpen depth.
Collins (elbow) declined his outright assignment to Triple-A, electing free agency. He will be about a year removed from his second Tommy John surgery when the 2017 regular season rolls around. Collins is still just 27 and has had a fair amount of success in the majors, so he should be able to find work once healthy.
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