JUPITER, Fla. — Turns out the final spot on the Nationals' bench will go to a player who hadn't been in their organization the entire spring.
The Nationals have signed veteran infielder Kevin Frandsen, cut loose yesterday by the Phillies, and will give the 31-year-old a spot on their Opening Day roster, the club officially announced this afternoon.
Frandsen, who gets a guaranteed $900,000 salary, reported to Space Coast Stadium in Viera this morning, according to a source familiar with the deal, joining players who didn't make the trip to Jupiter for today's exhibition game against the Cardinals. He will make his debut Thursday in the Nationals' Grapefruit League finale against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.
To clear space for Frandsen on their 40-man roster, the Nationals voided last week's option of Ross Ohlendorf and placed the right-hander on the 60-day disabled list with a right lumbar strain.
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