The Nationals released Webster on Monday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. Webster, who appeared in 12 games out of the Cubs bullpen in 2019, joined Washington on a minor-league deal in late February and was expected to begin the season at Double-A Harrisburg. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting the 2020 minor-league season in jeopardy, the Nationals have decided to cut salary last week by releasing Webster and 39 other minor-league players. The 30-year-old is now free to join another organization either in MLB or abroad.
Webster (arm) was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Monday. Webster threw 11 innings for the Cubs early in the season, allowing six earned runs, before going down with a nerve issue in his right arm in mid-May. He never returned to the big leagues, though he did pitch six rehab innings over the final three months of the season, which would seem to bode well for his availability heading into the 2020 campaign.
Webster (arm) restarted his rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee last week, making two appearances for the affiliate and giving up four runs on three hits and a walk over 1.2 innings. Webster has been stuck on the Cubs' injured list since May with the arm injury, but began a minor-league rehab assignment in early July before being shut down approximately two weeks later following a setback. The right-hander resumed pitching a month later, but he may have suffered another setback while pitching for Tennessee, as his last appearance came Aug. 19. He'll probably need to return to minor-league action within the next few days to have a realistic shot at rejoining the Cubs as a September callup.
Webster (arm) will continue his rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Webster made two appearances with the Cubs' rookie-league affiliate over the last week but now makes his way to Double-A. The 29-year-old landed on the injured list in early May with radial nerve inflammation in his right arm and will be eligible to be activated off the 60-day injured list after the All-Star break.
Webster (arm) began a rehab assignment with the Cubs' rookie-league affiliate Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Webster has been on the injured list since mid-May due to radial nerve inflammation. He's since moved to the 60-day injured list, though his eligibility will likely expire before he's ready to return to game action.
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