Nationals demote pitchers Kimball, Accardo

Nationals demote pitchers Kimball, Accardo
March 22, 2013, 1:00 pm
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VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals trimmed their spring training roster down to 32 today, cutting right-handers Cole Kimball and Jeremy Accardo prior to their exhibition game against the Tigers.

Kimball, who was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, impressed this spring, allowing two runs on only three hits over 6 1/3 innings. Nearly two months removed now from major shoulder surgery, he's slated to open the season as Syracuse's closer and would be among the first relievers considered for promotion should the Nationals need bullpen help.

Accardo was re-assigned to minor-league camp after allowing four earned runs on 13 hits over seven innings. The 31-year-old reliever has appeared in 262 big-league games over eight seasons with the Giants, Blue Jays, Orioles, Indians and Athletics.