- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Washington Nationals designated struggling reliever Logan Kensing for assignment Monday and purchased the contract of infielder Mike Morse from Class AAA Syracuse, trimming their bullpen to seven members while adding another bat to their bench.

Kensing was an obvious choice to be removed from the roster. The right-hander had an 8.16 ERA in 11 appearances since returning to Washington’s bullpen last month, and he already had been designated for assignment twice before this season (once by the Nationals and once by the Florida Marlins).

Kensing’s departure leaves the Nationals with a seven-man bullpen but bolsters their bench with the addition of Morse. The 27-year-old, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in June for outfielder Ryan Langerhans, was hitting .339 with six homers and 34 RBI in 44 games for Syracuse.

Meanwhile, Chris Marrero, Washington’s top offensive prospect, was promoted to Class AA Harrisburg for the minor league season’s final two weeks. The 21-year-old first baseman - a first-round draft pick in 2006 - was hitting .287 with 16 homers and 65 RBI in his third partial season at Class A Potomac.

The Nationals would like Marrero, who missed much of last season with a broken ankle, to play in the Arizona Fall League this October.

Note - Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau will throw out the first pitch before Thursday’s game against Colorado.

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