Nationals bringing lefty Hill to spring camp

Nationals bringing lefty Hill to spring camp

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals have signed veteran left-hander Rich Hill to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to join the team in Spring Training, the team announced Friday night from its Twitter account.

Hill began the 2014 season with the Angels, but was released after two relief appearances without retiring a batter. He signed with the Yankees in July and posted a 1.69 ERA in 14 appearances. His career ERA is 4.72.

It is unclear when Hill, who will turn 35 in March, will be able to arrive in camp, where Nationals pitchers and catchers have been working out since last week.

Washington does not appear to have many open spots on its Major League roster, although manager Matt Williams said earlier in the week that he plans to use his relievers in more matchup situations this season. Adding another lefty to the bullpen could give him the flexibility to do so.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.