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Nationals designate Jeremy Guthrie for assignment

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The Nationals designated right-hander Jeremy Guthrie for assignment on Sunday, per a team announcement. Guthrie made his first start of the season during Saturday’s 17-3 loss to the Phillies, but couldn’t make it out of the first inning. He issued four walks and 10 runs in 2/3 of the first inning, recording two outs on run-scoring sacrifice flies.

It’s an unfortunate end to Guthrie’s run with the Nationals and may be the end of his major league career as well. The 38-year-old righty hasn’t pitched more than an inning since 2015, when he worked a 5.95 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 5.1 SO/9 over 148 1/3 innings for the Royals.

With a vacant spot on the roster and Joe Ross still several days away from returning to the rotation, the Nationals selected the contract of Triple-A right-handed reliever Matt Albers. Albers has not logged any official playing time in Triple-A Syracuse yet, but impressed in spring training with three walks and six strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

Rockies expect Seunghwan Oh back in 2019

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Rockies reliever Seunghwan Oh recently said to the Yonhap News Agency that he wanted to return to South Korea to finish out his career. He has one year and $2.5 million remaining. His 2019 club option became guaranteed when he reached 70 appearances in the 2018 regular season. It sounded like Oh didn’t want to pitch for the Rockies next season. Oh said, “I am a bit exhausted after spending five seasons in Japan and the United States. I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans. I can’t make this decision alone. I’ll have to speak with my agency about the next season.”

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich has a different sense of the situation, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Bridich said, “From what we have been told, it was much ado about nothing regarding Oh. His comments to the Korean media were not specifically about 2019. It was more about ending his career there. Our understanding is that he has every intention of honoring his current contract.”

Oh, 36, pitched 68 1/3 innings this past season between the Blue Jays (47 innings) and Rockies (21 1/3). In aggregate, he posted a 2.63 ERA with a 79/17 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. The Rockies have the bulk of their bullpen returning next year, save for Adam Ottavino who is a free agent.