08/01/2011 03:54 EDT | Updated 10/01/2011 05:12 EDT

Nationals unconditionally release 43-year-old Canadian Matt Stairs

WASHINGTON - Veteran Canadian baseball player Matt Stairs has been unconditionally released by the Washington Nationals.

The move was announced Monday, a week after designating him for assignment.

The 43-year-old from Fredericton batted .154 with two RBIs and no home runs in 56 games for the Nationals. He was 6 for 39 as a pinch hitter and also saw time at first base with Washington.