The Washington Times - March 15, 2012, 06:09PM

VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals made four more cuts to their spring roster on Thursday afternoon, optioning right-hander Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse and outfielder Eury Perez to Double-A Harrisburg. They also reassigned right-handed pitchers Jeff Fuchino and Waldis Joaquin to minor league camp.

– The Nationals signed Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million contract in 2010 with the intention of him making an immediate impact on their major league rotation but as Maya has failed to consistently produce at the level the Nationals expected, their rotation has grown in leaps and bounds around him. He is signed through next season but aside from spot starts riding the shuttle between Syracuse and Washington, Maya appears destined for the Triple-A rotation.


– Perez is considered one of the Nationals’ top outfield prospects and he did nothing but enhance that standing during his time in major league camp this spring. The Nationals view him as a speedy outfielder who can get on-base at the top of the order and he showed off his outfield arm well on Wednesday night in Orlando. This will be a big season for Perez, along with other outfield prospects Destin Hood and Michael Taylor, that could go a long way toward helping to shape the Nationals’ outfield for the future and help them to decide if the long-term answer in center field still has to be found outside the organization.

– Fuchino threw four scoreless innings during his time in major league camp, facing 19 batters and walking two. He allowed just four hits. 

– Joaquin made two appearances for the Nationals, throwing three innings and allowing one earned run off three hits. He faced 11 batters.