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Nationals designate Jeremy Guthrie for assignment following historically bad start

 

Jeremy Guthrie’s stay in majors with the Washington Nationals appears over after just one start. After allowing 10 earned runs and not making it out of the first inning, the Nationals have designated the 38-year old for assignment, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Guthrie pitched on his birthday Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies, his first start in an MLB game since 2015. His return did not go as planned. He allowed a lead-off double, single, stolen base, walk before recording his first out. That first out came via a sacrifice fly that scored the first of the Phillies’ 12 runs in the first inning.

Guthrie was pulled after 2/3 innings allowing 10 runs, six hits, and walking four.

“I felt physically fine,” Guthrie said following the game via Mark Zuckerman of MASN. “I just wasn’t getting positive results. And once it started going in the direction it was, stayed focused. I always knew I was one pitch away, but that one pitch just never came for me.”

Guthrie later posted to Twitter stating it was “disappointing to let this team down tonight.”

The Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Matt Albers from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move to Guthrie being designated for assignment.

Where Guthrie goes from here remains to be seen. Prior to getting the spring training invite from the Nationals, he had spent 2016 with two minor league affiliates and pitched for the Melbourne Aces in Australia in his attempt to get back to majors. The journey culminated, at least for now, with his second-worst start of his MLB career. He allowed 11 earned runs off nine hits in the first inning in 2015 while pitching for the Kansas City Royals. He is the first pitcher ever during the live-ball era to allow 10 or more earned runs in the first inning on two separate occasions.

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