Guthrie announced his retirement from professional baseball Monday in an essay posted on The Players' Tribune. Guthrie's career ended on a sour note -- he gave up 10 runs while failing to escape the first inning in his lone appearance of the season with the Nationals on April 8 -- but it won't put too much of a damper on what was otherwise a decent 13-year run as a mid-rotation and back-end starter in the big leagues. Across stints with the Indians, Orioles, Rockies, Royals and Nationals, Guthrie accrued a 91-109 record and 4.42 ERA over 306 appearances (273 starts). The 38-year-old will likely be most fondly remembered for the three and a half seasons he spent in Kansas City, including winning a World Series in 2015.
Guthrie will most likely never pitch again in the majors, MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports. After allowing 10 runs and recording only two outs with the Nationals, Guthrie has come to terms with the fact that he will likely never put on a major-league uniform again. Guthrie is not officially retired, but at this point, that's just semantics.
Guthrie has elected to become a free agent, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Guthrie is no stranger to a shaky start here and there, but after getting lit up for 10 earned runs back on April 8, the team designated him for assignment. Rather than go to the minors, Guthrie will take his chances in free agency, though it'd be surprising if he was offered much more than a minor-league deal.
Guthrie was designated for assignment Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Guthrie is coming off the worst outing of his 13-year career, as he allowed 10 earned runs while only recording two outs during Saturday's game against the Phillies. That disastrous start could mark the last major-league start of his career. Matt Albers has been selected to fill Guthrie's spot on the 40-man roster.
Guthrie was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, Dan Kolko of MASN reports. With the Nationals' probable fifth starter, Joe Ross, not eligible for a call-up until April 12, Guthrie will start in his place for Saturday's game against the Phillies. He likely won't remain on the roster very long, so he doesn't carry much value at all. Michael Taylor was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.