Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Chico, who pitched in one big-league game this year, has seven days to either clear waivers and be outrighted to Class AAA Syracuse, be traded to another club or released.
The 27-year-old went 7-9 with a 4.63 ERA as a rookie in 2007, leading the Nationals' pitching staff with 31 starts and 167 innings pitched. But he opened the following season 0-6 with a 6.19 ERA, earning a demotion to the minors. He later informed team officials his left elbow was in pain; he wound up undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the rest of that season, plus the majority of 2009.
Chico made a full recovery from the injury and pitched well last season, posting a 3.62 ERA in 26 combined starts between Syracuse and Class AA Harrisburg. But his standing on the Nationals' pitching depth chart plummeted as the organization acquired several new starters, and he was never recalled after making one spot start in Washington on May 8.
The Nationals still need to clear two more spots on their 40-man roster to make room for two other signings: Rick Ankiel and Ryan Mattheus.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 7:39 PM