The Washington Times - April 3, 2012, 05:17PM

Chad Durbin started Tuesday wearing No. 59 for the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. By late afternoon, the right-hander signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Part of the three-man competition for the Nationals’ final bullpen spot, the team released Durbin, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

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Durbin signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals after spending parts of 12 seasons in the major leagues. With closer Drew Storen starting the season on the disabled list, Durbin pitched himself into contention for a spot on the roster in 10 spring training appearances. Over 15 1/3 innings he allowed 21 hits, but struck out 15.

The Nationals’ 40-man roster worked against Durbin. Infielder Chad Tracy’s pending addition put the group at 40. Since Durbin was on a minor-league contract, someone would have to be removed to make room for him. Right-handers Ryan Mattheus and Craig Stammen, the remaining contenders for the bullpen spot, are on the roster.