WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Veteran reliever Joe Nathan has been released by the Washington Nationals, ending his bid to make the team a week before opening day.

The Nationals also unconditionally released another righty reliever on Monday, Matt Albers.

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Nathan’s 377 career saves rank second among active pitchers and eighth in major league history.

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The 42-year-old Nathan went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in only 6 1/3 innings with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants last season as he worked his way back from a second Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow.

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