The Washington Nationals trimmed their spring training roster to 50 Sunday, sending LHPs Bill Bray, Brandon Mann and Will Ohman, plus RHP Tanner Roark to the minor league side after the Nats 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium.
Bray and Ohman both have Major League experience and were battling to contribute to the Nats pen as a left-handed specialist.
Manager Davey Johnson told reporters after the game, “I’ve just got too many pitchers and I can’t get them all the work they need. It’s that simple.”
Bray has been working all spring on adjusting his pitching mechanics, which have become altered the last couple of seasons due to compensation for injuries. The Nats hope that going over to the minor league side will allow him to work on those mechanics without the added pressure of trying to perform or impress in structured MLB Spring Training games.
Johnson added the possibility if Bray makes enough strides in the coming weeks he could be brought back to face live hitters later in the spring.