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Chad Durbin couldn't make the Nats' bullpen, but the Braves scooped him up.
That formal announcement, though, appears to be coming following today's exhibition finale against the Red Sox, at which point the Nationals will finalize their Opening Day roster.
Durbin was hoping to make the club as the final arm in manager Davey Johnson's bullpen, but that spot will now go to either Ryan Mattheus or Craig Stammen. Both right-handers have options and can be sent to Class AAA Syracuse without risk of losing them.
Durbin pitched well this spring, posting a 2.35 ERA in 10 relief appearances, striking out 15 while walking three. A former member of the Phillies' 2008 World Series-winning staff, he was attempting to make the club as a non-roster invitee.
The veteran's contract with the Nationals included an opt-out clause in case he didn't make the Opening Day roster, and Durbin apparently enacted it earlier today.