WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Washington Nationals placed first baseman Clint Robinson on waivers Tuesday, assuring a roster spot for Adam Lind and creating an uncertain baseball future for Robinson.
Robinson has 72 hours to see if he is claimed by another team. If not, he could accept an offer to return to Triple-A Syracuse after two years in the major leagues. Robinson said he had not ruled out joining Syracuse.
“It’s tough because when you are with a team couple years and this being my first extended time in the big leagues, the friendships I’ve made and the good teammates I’ve had, saying bye to them is pretty tough,” Robinson said. “I enjoyed being here, love all these guys, wish them the best and hopefully see them on the other side. Hopefully, I can make some noise against them. You never know.”
The large left-hander was an interesting story. After bouncing around in the minor leagues during his baseball career, he finally latched on to a major-league team when he joined the Nationals in 2015 as a 30-year-old bench player. In his two seasons, Robinson was most often used as a late-inning pinch-hitter. Last season, he was often used to face the opposing team’s closer.
Robinson knew he was in for a fight to make the roster this season after the Nationals signed Lind on Feb. 15. They have redundant skill sets, but Lind has the better track record at the plate in the major leagues.
In his two seasons with Washington, Robinson managed to compile notable memories. He became the first Nationals position player to pitch in a game when he completed an inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015. Robinson allowed a hit and struck out a batter.