Nats cut two, DL one

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The Nationals just announced three roster moves, none of which were terribly unexpected. They outrighted infielder Kory Casto and left-hander Mike O’Connor to Class AAA Syracuse and put right-hander Terrell Young on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

First, the two minor-leaguers: Again, neither move is unexpected, but it moves both players one step closer to the end of the line. Casto, in particular, was a highly-touted prospect in the organization at one time, but has fallen off because of injuries and struggles at the plate. O’Connor also has battled injuries, and couldn’t catch on as a reliever last year.

The DL move postpones the decision the Nationals will eventually have to make on Young, the first pick in last December’s Rule 5 draft. He hasn’t been particularly effective this spring—he has a 5.59 ERA in seven spring training appearances. But he is a power arm, and the Nationals might try to keep him in the bullpen all year if their other relievers struggle, though it’s tough to see that happening right now.

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