The Nats release Eddie Guardado

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Back in January, Jim Riggleman said he might use Eddie Guardado or Sean Burnett to close things
out against strong left-handed lineups because “all I want is to
make sure we get the outs.” As of this morning it’s just gonna be Burnett. Everyday Eddie was released after two innings of spring training work.

Don’t cry for Eddie, though.  He throws baseballs with his left arm, and that’s the closest thing to guaranteed employment this side of Dennis Van Roekel’s deepest fantasies. 

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.