Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 8:51 a.m.
By Mark Zuckerman
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VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals announced this morning they designated right-hander Luis Atilano for assignment, the long-awaited move that reduces their roster to the maximum 40 one day before pitchers and catchers hold their first formal workout.
Atilano was a surprise contributor to the Nationals' rotation early last season, summoned from the minors after a spate of injuries. He went 5-1 over his first eight career starts, then lost six of his next seven decisions to wind up 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA.
The Puerto Rico native went on the disabled list in July with bone chips in his throwing elbow and missed the rest of the season after having surgery to remove them.
Meanwhile, three pitchers and catchers have yet to report to spring training due to visa issues: Dominican right-hander Elvin Ramirez (a Rule 5 draftee) and Venezuelan right-hander Henry Rodriguez (acquired from the A's in the Josh Willingham trade) and catcher Carlos Maldonado (invited to camp as a non-roster player).
With the Aug. 15 deadline approaching, it appears the Caps may lose a prospect from their 2012 draft class. Forward prospect Thomas DiPauli will become a free agent on Aug. 15 if the Caps are unable to sign him to a contract before then.
Now Craig Custance of ESPN is reporting it is unlikely the Caps will be able to sign DiPauli before Aug. 15.
The news comes as little surprise considering how long the Caps have been trying to sign him and have been unable to do so.
"We're working on trying to sign him," Brian MacLellan said at development camp. "It's been ongoing and we'd like to have him turn pro and play in Hershey next year."
DiPauli was not at the team's development camp in July.
After getting drafted in 2012, DiPauli has spent the last four years playing for Notre Dame. According to the CBA, a player who is drafted before beginning his college career and then plays the next four years in college can become a free agent on Aug. 15 four years after he was drafted if he does not sign an entry-level contract with the team that drafted him. Jimmy Vesey made headlines this spring by deciding not to sign with the Nashville Predators and is expected to head to free agency as well.
As Custance notes, the Caps are still in contention to land his services which begs the question, why would he not just sign?
Vesey was the Hobey Baker Award winner in 2016 as the top college hockey player. He will likely make the jump to the NHL right away regardless of what team he signs with, as Nashville general manager David Poile indicated. There is not the same buzz surrounding DiPauli and it is unclear just what sort of market their will be for his services past Aug. 15. No doubt there will be some interest—he is a young player with a lot of offensive skill and upside—but perhaps not as much as he may be expecting.
The Capitals selected DiPauli in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. In his senior season at Notre Dame, he was the third leading scorer on the Fighting Irish with 32 points.
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BALTIMORE—Hunter Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Donald D’Alessandro performed the surgery.
Orioles Director of Player Development Brian Graham spoke with Harvey’s father, former major league pitcher Bryan Harvey, who told him the surgery went well.
“There were some good things they found in there,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“I’m always fascinated by where they decide to take his tendon from. They took it from his hamstring. Sometimes they take it from below the knee.”
Harvey was the Orioles No. 1 draft choice in June 2013 and has started just 30 games since then because of injuries.
He pitched five games this season, his first action since July 2014. Harvey missed time because of a flexor mass strain, a broken shin and a sports hernia.
Last week, Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette said that he expected Harvey’s rehabilitation to take between 12-18 months.
“I think it bodes well. They were really pleased with what they found which gave legitimacy to some of the stuff he had been experiencing, but not to the degree that you really worry about it,” Showalter said.
“He’s in a good position now. He’s on his way, eliminate a lot of things that have been challenging him.”
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Maryland and Rutgers have engaged in "preliminary discussions" to start an annual rivalry football game -- with a trophy on the line -- according to a report Tuesday from NJ.com. The report cites Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs and football coach Chris Ash.
Rutgers and Maryland both joined the Big Ten East in July 2014 and have played two games against each other since becoming members of the conference. The Scarlet Knights beat the Terrapins in 2014, 41-38. The Terrapins won in 2015, 46-41, in the lone victory under interim head coach Mike Locksley.
The Big Ten is full of trophy games, including Illinois-Northwestern, Iowa-Wisconsin, and Minnesota-Wisconsin.
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