Gott is bat­tling in­jury

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - — Chelsea Janes

Baker re­vealed that right-han­der Trevor Gott, who has not pitched in a ma­jor league game in two weeks, was deal­ing with fore­arm tight­ness. The trou­ble has sub­sided enough to let Gott be­gin throw­ing in bullpens.

Right-han­der A.J. Cole, a can­di­date to be the Na­tion­als’ sixth starter in case of emer­gen­cies, also re­turned to throw­ing after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tri­ceps sore­ness that bumped him from the ro­ta­tion. Cole threw a bullpen Fri­day and ex­pects to throw an­other this week­end.

Joe Nathan, whose deal in­cluded a March 24 opt-out date, has 72 hours (start­ing Fri­day) to de­cide whether to stick with the Na­tion­als or opt out of his deal and try to find work else­where. The 42-year-old seems like a long shot to make the Na­tion­als’ bullpen, though Baker is deeply loyal to him after hav­ing him as a young­ster in San Fran­cisco.

The Na­tion­als made a round of cuts Satur­day and op­tioned Matt Grace, Pe­dro Sev­erino, Brian Good­win and Rafael Martin to Class AAA Syra­cuse.

They also re-as­signed Em­manuel Bur­riss to mi­nor league camp. Good­win climbed the ranks last sea­son, earn­ing con­sid­er­a­tion for a spot on the play­off ros­ter. But he strug­gled, hit­ting .114 in 22 games this spring, and is now seem­ingly out of the run­ning for the still-open fourth out­fielder spot on the Na­tion­als’ bench.

Sev­erino, mean­while, made last year’s play­off ros­ter be­cause of Wilson Ramos’s in­jury, but Jose Lo­ba­ton is en­trenched as the big league backup, mean­ing Sev­erino will have to wait.

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