Less than a day after watching Jeremy Guthrie giveup 10 runs to the Phillies in two-thirds of an inning, the Nationals designated the veteran pitcher for assignment Sunday.
In the process, the club purchased the contract of relieverMatt Albers from Triple-A Syracuse.
Guthrie, making his first start since 2015,gave up six hits and four walks against the Phillies before getting the hook.How could his experience get any worse?Saturday happened to be his 38th birthday, too.
Guthrie's outing made unfortunate history — he's the first pitcher to ever yield 10 or more runs in an inning twice. The other time came in a 2015 game while he was a member of the Royals.
It's possible that Guthrie will make his way back to the majors, butthe right-hander's best days are behind him. In Triple-A stints with the Padres and Marlins last year, he posted a7.17 ERA in 86 2/3 inning pitched.
In 13 major-league seasons, Guthrie has a 91-109 mark with a 4.42 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. And in case you're wondering, yesterday's beating counts statistically as one of those "seasons."