Cole, Goodwin hoping for big things in 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Nationals made their third round of cuts Monday morning, optioning outfielders Eury Perez and Steven Souza Jr. to Triple-A Syracuse and left-hander Sammy Solis to Double-A Harrisburg.

The club also reassigned infielder Mike Fontenot, outfielder Brian Goodwin and catcher Koyie Hill to Minor League camp. Hill was later traded to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Of the players sent down, Souza was most impressive, going 11-for-31 (.355) with a team-leading three home runs and five RBIs. Two of those homers came Sunday against the Astros. Souza will likely be the everyday right fielder for Syracuse.

Goodwin, who is considered by many to be Washington's center fielder of the future, was in his first Major League camp, going 5-for-25 (.200) with a home run and five RBIs. Goodwin, the Nats' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, must hit on a consistent basis to reach the Major Leagues. Last year for Harrisburg, he hit .252 with 10 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .355 on-base percentage.

There was talk of Solis coming out of the bullpen for the big league club this year, but he was bothered by back issues and pitched in only two games.

Perez will enter his eighth season in the Minor Leagues. He has already proven that he can hit Minor League pitching and may need to be traded to get a chance to play in the big leagues. Perez went 6-for-23 (.261) this spring and struggled in the outfield.

In limited action, Hill hit .385, but the Nationals are set behind the plate with Wilson Ramos as the everyday catcher and Jose Lobaton as the backup.

Fontenot didn't hit enough to stay in Major League camp, going 2-for-19 (.105), but he did drive in eight runs.

Fister has 'no complaints' after intrasquad outing

MIA@WSH: Fister strikes out Angle on three pitches

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Doug Fister pitched in an intrasquad game at the Nationals' Minor League complex on Monday afternoon.

Fister, who hasn't pitched in a Major League game since March 2 because of right elbow inflammation, threw 30 pitches in two innings and allowed a home run to outfielder Jayson Werth.

"He showed no signs of anything," manager Matt Williams said. "He said he felt fine, but we have to evaluate him. He feels good about it."

According to pitching coach Steve McCatty, Fister will pitch three innings in his next start, while Williams said Fister will pitch in a Major League game.

"I thought he threw the ball well. The best part was that he had no complaints, so I thought it went well," McCatty said.

Worth noting

Williams announced that right-hander Tyler Clippard will be his eighth-inning reliever.