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Dodgers release Mat Latos

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The Dodgers announced on Twitter that the club has released starter Mat Latos. The right-hander had been designated for assignment on September 17.

Latos joined the Dodgers from the Marlins in a three-team swap that also involved the Braves at the trade deadline. He posted dreadful numbers over five starts and one relief appearance, compiling a 6.66 ERA with an 18/6 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings. His numbers with the Marlins weren’t much better, leaving the team with a 4.48 ERA and a 79/25 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings.

Latos, 27, is eligible for free agency after the season.

Dave Martinez undergoes cardiac catheterization, return date unknown

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez left the team in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 7-0 win over the Braves to go to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reported. Bench coach Chip Hale took over as manager for the remainder of the game.

Per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post, GM Mike Rizzo said Martinez felt chest pains and underwent a cardiac catheterization today. The procedure assesses the heart’s condition. The team doesn’t know yet when Martinez will return.

With Hale continuing to fill in as manager, Tim Bogar will act as the bench coach in place of Hale and Joe Dillon will coach first base in place of Bogar.

The Nationals enter play Monday leading the first NL Wild Card by 1.5 games over the Cubs. The Nationals open up a six-game road trip with three games against the Cardinals starting Monday night. Stephen Strasburg will oppose Dakota Hudson.