In order to free up space on the 40-man roster the Washington Nationals announced yesterday that they designated left-handed starting pitcher Matt Chico for assignment.
Chico, 27, spent most of the 2010 season at Class AAA Syracuse and had a decently successful season. He went 7-9 with a 3.62 and managed a strikeout to walk ratio of 2:1.
Chico has spent two years in the majors, both with the Nationals. In 2007 he went 7-9 with a 4.63 ERA in 167 innings pitched in 31 games started. His 2007 performance landed him the number two spot in the starting rotation in 2008. However, Chico struggled, going 0-6 in 11 games, 8 starts, and posted a very elevated ERA of 6.19 to start the campaign.
Chico’s season was then cut short when it was discovered that he had a tear in his elbow, and that meant the thing no young pitcher ever wants to hear: Tommy John surgery. After surgery, Chico sat out all of 2009 and tried to come back in 2010, and had the successful year in AAA that was previously mentioned.
He did make one spot start for the Nationals last year, going 5 innings and allowing two runs. Chico will most likely be a non-factor for the Nationals this year, however, if he continues his success at AAA, don’t be surprised to see him back in Washington if there is a lack of production or an injury.