Luis Ayala released by Nationals after brief second stint

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The Washington Nationals granted relief pitcher Luis Ayala his unconditional release Wednesday.

Ayala, 36, agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals on Feb. 7. This spring, Ayala appeared in six games with the team, allowing 10 hits and nine runs in his six innings of work.

Alaya last played for the Atlanta Braves in 2013, where he appeared in 37 games as a reliever finishing with a record of 1-1, to go along with a 2.90 ERA.

Ayala previously spent five years with the Expos/Nationals franchise — including his major league debut in 2003. Appearing in 320 games with the franchise, Ayala recorded a 27-32 record and a 3.33 ERA between Montreal and D.C.

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