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04/29/2009 2:52 PM ET
Washington Nationals acquire relief pitcher Logan Kensing from Marlins
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The Washington Nationals today acquired right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing from the Florida Marlins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kyle Gunderson. To make room on the roster, the Nationals transferred outfielder Roger Bernadina from the 15- to the 60-Day Disabled List. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Kensing, 26, joins the Nationals after going 7-8 with 20 holds and a 5.21 ERA (77 ER/133.0 IP) in 108 career games (three starts) spanning five seasons with Florida. Kensing is expected to be in a Nationals uniform for tonight's series finale at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.

A hard thrower, Kensing has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning-or 8.9 per 9.0 innings-during his career (131 SO in 133.0 big league innings). He was Florida's second-round selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft after a standout career at Texas A&M.

Kensing's finest season came in 2006, when he posted 14 holds en route to a .221 batting average against in 37 appearances with the Marlins. Last season, in his first full campaign after August 2006 Tommy John surgery, Kensing pitched in a career-high 48 games for Florida, going 3-1 with five holds and a 4.23 ERA. He posted an impressive .234 batting average against, including a .208 mark when facing left-handed batters, in 2008.

Gunderson, 24, was selected by the Nationals in the 48th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Rice University. He pitched in five games for Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League prior to the trade.

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