Nationals release Chris Young

The Washington Nationals granted pitcher Chris Young his unconditional release Tuesday after informing the veteran he would not make the team's Opening Day roster.

Young, who received a non-roster invite from the Nationals last month, had an opt-out clause in his contract that he intended to exercise had he not broken camp with the club.

The 33-year-old went 1-0 with a 2.25 earned run average in four Grapefruit League starts with the Nationals, but the defending National League East champions already have their five-man rotation set with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler.

Young posted a 4-9 record with a 4.15 ERA in 20 starts for the New York Mets in 2012 and owns a 53-43 mark with a 3.79 ERA over 159 career outings with Texas, San Diego and the Mets.