Garate Chopped to Make Room for Capps

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, January 08, 2010 | , , , | 0 comments »

The Nationals outrighted LHRP Victor Garate to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 40-man roster for new closer Matt Capps. 

Garate was acquired at the trade deadline last season from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for 2B Ronnie Belliard, who went on to oust Orlando Hudson from the starting position down the stretch for the Dodgers.

Garate, 24, had no decisions in four appearances for the Nats last season, giving up five erned runs in two innings on five hits, three walks, a hit by pitch and one home run, making his big league ERA a tidy 22.50 with an even 4.00 WHIP.

At Double-A Chattanooga in 2009, he threw 53.0 innings with an 0-1 record.  His ERA was 2.04 and WHIP of 1.113, striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings.

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