Reed Johnson signs with Nationals after being released by Marlins

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UPDATE: Hours after being released, Johnson has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals.

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Veteran outfielder Reed Johnson, who re-signed with the Marlins on a minor-league deal in mid-February, has been released.

Johnson is 38 years old and hit just .235 with a .614 OPS and 37/1 K/BB ratio (yes, 37 strikeouts and ONE walk) as a part-timer for Miami last season.

Between his rapidly declining performance and the Marlins already having 41-year-old Ichiro Suzuki as their veteran fourth outfielder Johnson always seemed like a longshot to crack the roster again. He had a good run as a useful role player who thrived against left-handed pitching.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.