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Nationals claim pitcher Cory Abbott off waivers from Giants

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Jun 7, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Cory Abbott (15) throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals moved left-hander Sean Doolittle to the 60-day injured list Wednesday and claimed right-hander Cory Abbott from the San Francisco Giants.

Doolittle, 35, has been in the 10-day IL since April 20 with a left elbow sprain and now will be out at least until June. He had given up just one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings over six appearances to start the season.

Doolittle is 26-24 with 11 saves and a 3.20 ERA in 463 career relief appearances over 11 seasons for four teams, including the Oakland Athletics for six seasons (2012-17) and five with the Nationals (2017-20, 2022).

Abbott, 26, made seven major league appearances (one start) with the Chicago Cubs last season, posting a 6.75 ERA without a decision. He had two appearances at Triple-A for the Cubs this season before he was purchased by the Giants on April 21.

All 74 of Abbott’s minor league appearances since 2017 have been starts. He was a second-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2017.

–Field Level Media