Source: Nationals to release Mitch Lively

The Washington Nationals have released right-handed pitcher Mitch Lively so he can sign a deal with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Lively, 29, has pitched for the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, and Nationals in nine minor-league seasons.

With Triple-A Syracuse, Lively pitched well, as he went 0-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 29/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 appearances.

In nine minor-league seasons, Lively went 40-30 with a 3.68 ERA and 521/237 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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