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Reliever Carpenter becomes free agent

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals outrighted right-hander David Carpenter to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, but he elected free agency instead.

Carpenter was acquired from the Yankees in June for infielder Tony Renda. It looked like the Nationals had found their eighth-inning setup guy, but he hurt his shoulder before the All-Star break and never returned to action.

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Carpenter pitched six innings for Washington and allowed a run in eight games.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.
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