The Washington Times - April 24, 2012, 11:02AM

Brett Carroll was designated for assignment on April 14 but the outfielder has been in limbo ever since. The Nationals made a few calls to see what interest there was in him but Carroll cleared waivers Tuesday morning and accepted outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse.

Caroll made the Nationals out of camp but when Rick Ankiel was healthy and ready to return from the disabled list, Carroll was squeezed out in a roster crunch. The addition of Xavier Nady late in camp likely minimized the opportunity for the 29-year-old.

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He’ll join a Triple-A Syracuse team that already has some familiar names in its outfield with Bryce Harper, Corey Brown, Jason Michaels and Tyler Moore all seeing time out there. 

— In other minor league news, John Lannan will make his fourth start of the season tonight for Syracuse. Lannan is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings (three starts) this season but officials who’ve seen him from start to start say the numbers are deceptive. After a rough season-opening outing, Lannan has improved with each start.