June 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel (24) doubles in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Nationals defeated the Orioles 3 - 1. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Astros Designate Rick Ankiel For Assignment

Ex-Nats outfielder Rick Ankiel has been designated for assignment by the Houston Astros.

Ankiel spent 2011 and 2012 as a member of the Nats as a backup outfielder. In 190 games those two seasons, he hit .236/.292/.377 with 14 home runs. In 25 games with the Astros this year, Ankiel had hit .194 with five home runs. Since the 33-year-old Ankiel was dropped by the MLB-worst Astros, some have speculated that his major league career has come to an end. If so, it will have been quite a ride. He started out as a pitcher, finishing second in the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year race with a 3.50 ERA in 175.0 IP, but had a 7.71 ERA the next season and converted to an outfielder. He hit .244/.306/.430 in seven seasons as an outfielder, best known for his unsurprisingly great arm in center.

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