In a somewhat unexpected move today, the Nationals have outrighted reliever Cole Kimball off the 40-man roster and optioned him to Triple A Syracuse. The move clears a space on the Nationals’ 40-man roster, which has led some to believe that another move is forthcoming.
The 27-year-old Kimball has been dealing with a torn rotator cuff since 2011, and has yet to heal fully. He pitched 5.2 innings across four minor league levels in 2012, and has pitched 4.0 innings this season in the rookie Gulf Coast League and Triple A. He had a 1.93 ERA in 12 major league games in 2011 before the injury, but is struggling to maintain his health and recapture that form. A player can only be outrighted off a 40-man roster after clearing waivers, which means that the other 29 teams already declined the opportunity to put him on their 40-man rosters.