Nats Make Two More Cuts In the Rain

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, March 12, 2010 | , | 0 comments »

First, today's scheduled game against the New York Yankees has been cancelled due to the lousy weather hitting Florida this week.  It will not be rescheduled.

It throws the pitching assignments into a bit of a mess, as John Lannan, who missed yesterday's start, was going to throw a simulated game today that will also get washed out.  Jason Marquis was supposed to pitch today.  I'm sure the guys down on Florida will have news of the reassignments as soon as the team comes up with the plan.

On to the cuts:  C Devan Ivany and 1B Josh Whitesell were sent back to mionor league camp.

Neither move was unexpected.  Ivany, 27, is an organizational player and has never appeared above Double-A.  As the number of pitchers in camp is reduces, so can the number of catcher be reduced.

Whitesell, 27, who made his MLB debut last season with Arizona, will likely start out the season playing first for Syracuse and be an option for the Nats should the injury bug hit in D.C.  He has some decent pop and on base skills, and is average around the bag.