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Nationals release Taylor Jordan to make roster space for Lucas Giolito

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The Nationals cleared space on the 40-man roster for top prospect Lucas Giolito by releasing Taylor Jordan, MASN’s Dan Kolko reports. The club also optioned reliever Rafael Martin to Triple-A Syracuse.

Jordan, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time last month. In parts of three seasons in the majors with the Nationals, Jordan compiled a 4.48 ERA with a 57/25 K/BB ratio in 94 1/3 innings. While Jordan’s mediocre control and inability to frequently miss bats will limit his potential, he can still be plenty valuable at the back of another team’s starting rotation once he’s healthy.

Giolito, 21, is making his major league debut on Tuesday night against the Mets. He has, to this point, spent the season with Double-A Harrisburg.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.