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Monday, March 14, 2005

Nationals trim three more from roster

The Washington Nationals optioned left-handed pitcher Mike Hinckley to Double-A Harrisburg and reassigned right-handed pitcher Dan Smith to minor league camp on March 14, according to general manager Jim Bowden. The club also optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Karp to Triple-A New Orleans.

Hinckley was named by Bowden as a long shot to make the team this season despite not pitching above double-A. However, he struggled in the spring and posted a 12.00 ERA in six innings of work.

Smith was returning from surgery and will continue to work his way back as a member of the New Orleans bullpen.

Karp, a former No. 1 draft pick, has struggled in recent years despite his huge promise and No. 1 starter repertoire. He may be converted to the bullpen this year and join Smith in the New Orleans pen.

In other news, second baseman Jose Vidro hyper-extended his elbow and should be out for a few days. It is not considered serious.

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