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Carpenter outrighted, now a free agent

Nov 18, 2015, 5:36 PM EDT

USA Today

After joining the Nationals in a June trade and appearing in only eight games with the team, right-hander David Carpenter will now test free agency.

The Nationals outrighted the veteran reliever off their 40-man roster on Wednesday to Triple-A Syracuse. He then elected to try his luck on the open market.

Carpenter, 30, began the 2015 season with the New York Yankees before joining the Nats in a deal for former second pick and infield prospect Tony Renda. Carpenter was solid through eight games with one run allowed through six innings before a shoulder injury derailed his season.

Carpenter first dealt with shoulder inflammation in July but experienced several setbacks throughout his recovery. He saw three doctors and had two MRIs before ultimately being shut down for the season.

A five-year MLB veteran, Carpenter began his career in Houston before moving on to the Blue Jays and then the Braves before pitching in New York. He had his best year in Atlanta when he held a 1.78 ERA through 56 games in 2013.

Carpenter has a 3.66 career ERA in 218 total games.

  1. natsred4dndc - Nov 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    The first decision from the new medical staff?
    Unfortunate that Carpenter cost us Renda, although the deal made sense at the time.

    • virginiascopist - Nov 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      Disappointing that he couldn’t stay healthy. Renda’s “replacement,” Chris Bostick, is currently tearing it up in the Arizona Fall League.

      • therealjohnc - Nov 19, 2015 at 10:46 AM

        And Renda just posted a .689 OPS in AA ball as a 24yo middle infielder who is limited defensively to 2b. This was not exactly a high stakes trade on either side.

  2. tcostant - Nov 19, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    They just didn’t want to waste a 40 man roster spot on him. He’ll be back in the spring with a chance to make the team, if he can’t find a job.

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