Barrett is set to begin throwing a baseball again in the second week of July, a full year after his second elbow surgery, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. There's no guarantee Barrett will ever get back to the majors after his gruesome injury -- the right-hander snapped his humerus bone throwing a pitch as he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery -- but the Nats signed him to a two-year minor-league deal this offseason and are willing to be patient with his recovery. If he avoids a setback once he begins his throwing program again, he could compete for a bullpen spot with Washington next spring.
Barrett (elbow) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Barrett is a former Nationals setup man, but Tommy John surgery in 2015 and a fractured elbow in 2016 have ended his previous two big-league campaigns. The 29-year-old is still rehabbing his elbow and it's currently unclear when he'll return to live action. His return to the major leagues does not seem to be imminent.
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 (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.
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