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Digest: Nationals release veteran pitchers Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

Digest: Nationals release veteran pitchers Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

The Washington Nationals released veteran right-handers Joe Nathan and former Oriole Matt Albers Monday, a move that felt inevitable from the moment the Nationals added Joe Blanton to their bullpen mix. Now, Neal Cotts, Jacob Turner and former Orioles Vance Worley and Jeremy Guthrie are the only nonroster pitchers left in camp.

Nathan's deal included an opt-out clause, and he had until Monday to exercise it. Knowing that, the Nationals notified him Monday morning that they would not have room for them in their bullpen.

"It was basically just a matter of room here, and...

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