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Eric Fornataro | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nationals sent RHP Eric Fornataro outright to Triple-A Syracuse.
Fornataro was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals in November but the Nationals then designated him for assignment last week to open up a 40-man roster spot for Casey Janssen. Fornataro will be in camp with the Nats this spring but is highly doubtful to land a spot in the club's Opening Day bullpen. Feb 9 - 2:51 PM

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Nationals designated RHP Eric Fornataro for assignment.

Fornataro lost his 40-man roster spot Monday to Casey Janssen, who was officially signed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $7 million mutual option (or $1.5 million buyout) for 2016. Washington claimed Fornataro off waivers from the Cardinals in November. He had a decent showing at Triple-A Memphis in 2014.
Feb 2 - 2:11 PM

Nationals claimed RHP Eric Fornataro off waivers from the Cardinals.

Fornataro appeared in eight games for the Cardinals this season, posting a 4.66 ERA with three strikeouts over 9 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old put up a 2.57 ERA with 35 strikeouts over 56 frames at Triple-A. He'll compete for a middle relief role in spring training.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Eric Fornataro to Triple-A Memphis.

The Cards need a fresh bullpen after with the relief corps being taxed in recent days. Fornataro allowed two runs -- one earned -- over two relief frames Saturday in his lone appearance while up with the big club.
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Cardinals recalled RHP Eric Fornataro from Triple-A Memphis.

Fornataro will function as bullpen depth for the Cardinals until they need a fifth starter Wednesday in Colorado. The 26-year-old righty has a 4.70 ERA in seven appearances this season out of the St. Louis 'pen.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Eric Fornataro to Triple-A Memphis.

Fornataro threw 39 pitches over two innings in relief of Tyler Lyons on Monday, so the Cardinals have decided to add some fresh arms for their bullpen. The 26-year-old should get another shot down the road.
Tue, May 13, 2014 02:42:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Eric Fornataro from Triple-A Memphis.

Fornataro was off to a nice start this year at Memphis, having rattled off five scoreless innings of relief. He will join the St. Louis bullpen on Thursday. His first appearance will be his major league debut.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 01:08:00 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Eric Fornataro from Double-A Springfield.

Fornataro enjoyed success as a full-time reliever this season, posting a 2.39 ERA and 41/17 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings in Double-A. The 24-year-old right-hander saw an increase in velocity in the 'pen and also did a good job inducing ground balls.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 03:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
4Dan Butler
5Steven Lerud
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Mike Carp
4Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
4Wilmer Difo
5Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
2Scott Hairston
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
7Taylor Hill
8Taylor Jordan
9A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Jerry Blevins
7Heath Bell
8Xavier Cedeno
9Blake Treinen
10Erik Davis
11Evan Meek
12Matt Grace
13Bruce Billings
14Scott McGregor