The Nationals dropped two players off their 40-man roster today when right-hander Cole Kimball was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays and outfielder Corey Brown was outrighted to Class AAA Syracuse.
Kimball had shoulder surgery in July to repair a torn rotator cuff and spent the second half of the season on the 60-day disabled list. But there's no DL during the offseason, and all players must be added to their club's 40-man roster by Friday. The Nationals were attempting to outright Kimball (who won't be ready to pitch until mid-2012 at the earliest) to Class AAA but couldn't slip him through waivers without another team claiming him.
Though Kimball won't be 100 percent healthy for a while, the Blue Jays decided to take a chance and acquire him now, hoping he rediscovers his pre-injury form. In 12 big-league games this season, the hard-throwing reliever went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
Brown, meanwhile, was outrighted to Syracuse after a brief September appearance in Washington. The outfielder went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being shut down with a staph infection in his knee.
The Nationals now have 32 players on their 40-man roster, but they could add several minor leaguers before Friday to protect them from being selected in next month's Rule 5 draft.