VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals made another round of cuts Monday, optioning outfielder Brian Goodwin to Triple-A Syracuse and left-handers Sammy Solis and Felipe Rivero to Double-A Harrisburg.
Goodwin, the 14th-best prospect in the Nationals' organization according to MLB.com, never played a game this spring because he was still recovering from a left shoulder injury he sustained while sliding into second base last season. However, Goodwin played his first Minor League game on Sunday at the Nationals' Spring Training complex.
"He is in a hitting progression. We'll build him incrementally," assistant general manager Doug Harris said. "From a physical standpoint, he is good. It's now building the volume [in terms of getting at-bats]."
Before hurting his shoulder, Goodwin was hitting .219, with four home runs, 32 RBIs and 95 strikeouts in 274 at-bats.
Solis, the 28th-best prospect in the Nationals organization according to MLB.com, allowed two runs in 4 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. The Nationals are hoping that he can stay this year. Since he entered professional baseball in 2010, he has dealt with elbow and back issues.
"For Sammy, it's keeping him on the mound. It's pretty simple," Harris said. "From a talent perspective, we like what he does. We feel he is a guy who can help us. He just has been bitten by the injury bug time and time again."
The Nationals are unsure if Solis will be a starter or reliever.
"He has starter-type stuff, but it really comes down to health and where that goes," Harris said.
Rivero pitched four scoreless innings and struck out four batters this spring. He left a great impression on manager Matt Williams.
"He really opened some eyes this spring. He threw the ball great," Williams said. "We are getting to the point we are running out of multiple innings for him. Fastball was in the mid-90s, he has a breaking ball to go along with it, composed. He really took to heart what [him and pitching coach Steve McCatty] talked about regarding his preparation and the possibility to come in as a reliever during the spring."