The Nationals have designated right-hander Patrick Murphy for assignment, the team announced. The move makes room on the active roster for Aaron Sanchez, whose contract was selected from Triple-A. Sanchez will start today’s game.
The 26-year-old Murphy was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays last August, and he’s been a member of the Nats’ bullpen since, though he had yet to really earn a regular role. He has appeared in six games so far this season, tossing 5 2/3 innings and surrendering five earned runs on eight hits with eight walks and just four strikeouts. Needless to say, it’s been a rough go early in the season for the former Blue Jay.
Another former Blue Jay will take his place on the active roster. Sanchez will step into the starting rotation and, given that he’ll make $2MM now that he’s on the active roster, it’s reasonable to assume he will remain in the rotation for awhile.