February 15, 2013; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark (59) throws during spring training at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Make First Spring Training Cuts

Just now, the Nationals announced the first round of cuts from the Spring Training roster, the first in a future series aimed at eventually trimming the team down to the 25 who will be on the active MLB roster on Opening Day.

The full list of victims is not yet complete, but includes LHP Bill Bray and RHP Tanner Roark according to MASN’s Dan Kolko. We will keep you updated on who else falls under the headsman’s axe.

EDIT, 5:15 PM: The full list is LHP Bill Bray, RHP Tanner Roark, LHP Will Ohman, and LHP Brandon Mann. They will join the Nats’ minor league training camp unless their contracts include clauses that allow them to opt out and become free agents. This does not mean that they are released, but simply that they will not be on the Major League team to start the season. However, the Washington Post’s James Wagner reports that the Nationals want Bray to work on his mechanics and get more of an opportunity to pitch in minor league camp. If he performs well, he could be reconsidered for an Opening Day spot.

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