The Washington Nationals announced their latest round of cuts after this afternoon's 5-3 win over the Houston Astros in Space Coast Stadium. Erik Davis, Michael Brady and Burke Badenhop were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Davis, 29, returned to the mound in 2015, after the right-hander missed the entire 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery, pitching for the High-A Potomac Nationals, Double-A Harrisburg Senators and the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs last season.
Davis posted a 3.88 ERA in 48 ⅔ innings combined with the Nationals' affiliates, walking 27 (4.99 BB/9) and striking out 47 (8.69 K/9).
In 5 ⅓ IP this Spring, Davis, acquired from the San Diego Padres in a 2011 trade for infielder Alberto Gonzalez, gave up eight hits, two walks and seven earned runs, with opposing hitters putting up a .348 AVG against him.
Michael Brady, who turned 29 today, was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels this winter along with right-handed reliever Trevor Gott in the trade that sent Yunel Escobar to LA.
Brady spent the 2015 campaign at Triple-A in the Angels' system, going (7-7) with a 3.77 ERA, 12 walks (0.91 BB/9) and 113 Ks (8.52 K/9) in 119 ⅓ IP. He threw 3 ⅓ scoreless this Spring before he was reassigned this afternoon, with four hits allowed, three Ks and a .286 BAA.
Burke Badenhop pitched for the Cincinnati Reds in 2015, putting up a 3.93 ERA, 20 walks (2.71 BB/9) and 36 Ks (4.88 K/9) in 66 ⅓ IP.
In seven appearances and six innings pitched for the Nationals this Spring, the 33-year-old right-hander gave up eight hits, six walks and seven runs, all earned, with opposing hitters putting up a .320 AVG against him.
The Nationals announced the latest moves on their official Twitter account this afternoon:
The #Nats have reassigned RHPs Erik Davis, Michael Brady and Burke Badenhop to Minor League camp.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 21, 2016