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Washington Nationals outright Erik Davis and Taylor Hill to Triple-A Syracuse

The Washington Nationals outrighted relievers Erik Davis and Taylor Hill to Triple-A Syracuse after the right-handers were designated for assignment to make room for the Nats' recent roster additions. Both of them will receive invitations to MLB Spring Training.

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Right-handers Erik Davis and Taylor Hill were designated for assignment to make room on the Washington Nationals' 40-Man roster after the additions of Daniel Murphy and Stephen Drew, respectively.

Both Davis and Hill were outrighted to AAA Syracuse this afternoon according to a report from the Nationals' official Twitter account:

Davis, 29, who made his MLB debut in 2013, underwent Tommy John surgery in April of 2014. He returned to the mound last season, pitching at High-A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, and putting up a combined 3.88 ERA, 27 walks and 47 Ks in 48 ⅔ innings pitched. Davis was acquired from the San Diego Padres in a March 2011 trade for infielder Alberto Gonzalez.

Hill, 26, made six appearances out of the Nationals' bullpen in 2015 after debuting in 2014, but spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Syracuse where the Nats' 2011 6th Round pick put up a 5.23 ERA, 29 walks and 70 Ks in 22 starts and 118 ⅔ IP.

As the Nationals noted in the tweet, both right-handers will receive invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Both of them are long shots to make the major league bullpen after the Nationals added relievers Shawn Kelley, Oliver Perez and Yusmeiro Petit and traded for Trevor Gott this winter.

Nationals' pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Viera, Florida on February 20th, for their last Spring in Space Coast Stadium before they move to their shared facility with the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, FL in 2017.