Nationals release Villone, option five pitchers to minors

March 16, 2010|By Sports Digest

Left-handed reliever Ron Villone has been released by the Washington Nationals. The Nationals signed Villone to a minor league contract last month and invited him to spring training. But Villone had a 16.20 ERA in three relief appearances covering 1 2/3 innings. The Nationals also sent five pitchers to their minor league camp, including righty Collin Balester.

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