Reliever Chad Gaudin, who made the Nationals' roster out of spring training but missed the last 75 games because of right shoulder inflammation after an ineffective start, was designated for assignment today after his rehab assignment ended.
Because Gaudin has more than five years of major league service time, he'd have to consent to being sent to the minors. If he does, and he clears waivers, he'd be assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Gaudin is 1-1 this season with a 6.48 ERA; he made the team as a long reliever, but wound up working mostly in late-inning situations when the Nationals had little need for a long man in the early part of the season. He was 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA in eight games - including three starts - during his rehab assignment.