Nationals release veteran Taveras

Nationals release veteran Taveras

WASHINGTON -- Six days after being designated for assignment, outfielder Willy Taveras was given his unconditional release by the Nationals on Friday afternoon.

Taveras started the season in a right-handed platoon with Willie Harris in right field, but after one game, the organization changed its mind and decided to give Mike Morse that spot. Taveras didn't get a lot of playing time after that. During the month of May, Taveras received just nine at-bats.

"I just wanted to say, 'Thank you.' I'm going to act like a real professional about it," Taveras said in reaction to being taken off the 25-man roster. "Let's see what happens. I didn't get the chance I would have liked. They had to make a move, and that's OK. I haven't played much either. I don't know what to say."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.