Trevor Gott and A.J. Cole were optioned to Triple-A today and Jacob Turner, LHP Neal Cotts and Jhonatan Solano were reassigned to minor league camp, while Vance Worley was released. In the latest round of cuts, the Washington Nationals whittled their roster down to 27, leaving three players (Wilmer Difo, Michael A. Taylor and Jeremy Guthrie) in the mix for the 25th spot on the Opening Day (25-man roster).
The Pirates released relief pitcher Jared Hughes on Wednesday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Hughes cleared outright waivers and was placed on unconditional waivers, effectively ending his six-year stint with Pittsburgh after being drafted by the club in 2006. Hughes was clearly upset about the release. “This is a super-sad day for me and my family,” Hughes said to Biertempfel. “I love Pittsburgh, I love my teammates and the fans. It will always be family to me here.” In his time with the Pirates, Hughes put together a 2.82 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 309 1/3 innings over the course of 313 games. Last season, Hughes pitched in 67 games, posting a 3.03 ERA and a 1.42
Baseball clubhouses are breeding grounds for inside jokes, some appropriate, some less so. Players plaster some of them on T-shirts. Others are spoken, ad nauseam, among the affected teammates. Most of those jokes fly over the heads of the uninitiated, which is probably for the best. One of the more commonly heard phrases in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse, however, is decidedly G-rated. Its origins lie with Chris Heisey and Stephen Drew, affable staples of the Nationals' bench who are also best friends. That phrase consists of two words, "good kid," and few conversations involving Heisey or Drew start any other way. "Hey, good kid!" is now a common greeting in the Nationals' clubhouse, a