Nationals DFA Shairon Martis

The Washington Nationals announced that they have designated right-handed pitcher Shairon Martis for assignment. The move was made in order to clear a spot on the roster to make room for Jerry Hairston Jr., whose contract was approved by the league today.

Martis made his debut for the Nationals in 2008 and started 15 games for the club a year later in 2009. The 23-year-old Curacao native has a 5.33 ERA with 4.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9. He spent the 2010 season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he posted a 4.09 ERA with 5.9 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 152 innings of work.

His best start came May 2nd 2009 when he pitched nine innings while only allowing five hits and one earned run. The win was the fifth of a nine game streak where Martis either earned a win or a no decision.

Martis was a long-shot to make the roster if he were to garner an invitation to Spring Training, however, if he clears waivers he could be reassigned to Triple-A Syracuse, Washington’s minor league affiliate.