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Nationals call up Nate Schierholtz, option Michael Taylor

Aug 23, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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Outfielder Nate Schierholtz has joined the Nationals for Saturday afternoon’s match-up against the Giants, getting the call-up from Triple-A Syracuse, per CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman. Schierholtz was released by the Cubs on August 13 and joined the Nationals as a free agent on August 18, reporting to Syracuse for four games. Nate McLouth was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Schierholtz, also per Zuckerman. The Nationals optioned Michael Taylor back to Syracuse to create 25-man roster space.

Schierholtz provides a left-handed bat off of the bench for the NL East-leading Nationals. The 30-year-old has struggled this season, hitting only six home runs with 33 RBI and a .192/.240/.300 slash line.

However, over his career, Schierholtz has been relatively productive against right-handed pitching. He has a career .722 OPS against right-handers compared to .650 against southpaws.

  1. recoveringcubsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Good idea for the Nats. Danny Espinosa coming off the bench as their only lefty hitter right now (and on the weak side of his switch-hitting ways) was/is a bad idea. His pinch appearance last night was a joke. It’ll be great to see Taylor in September, I’m sure.

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