The Nationals are activating reliever Drew Storen off the disabled list and designating outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment before today's series finale against the Mets, moves that leave the club at least temporarily with an eight-man bullpen and four-man bench.
Storen, out since spring training with a bone spur in his right elbow that required surgery, will be available today to make his season debut and could be manager Davey Johnson's best option to close after Tyler Clippard struggled each of the last two nights.
Ankiel's removal from the roster is a bit of a surprise, but Johnson may have telegraphed the decision by giving Roger Bernadina significant playing time in the outfield over the last week.
The Nationals also today placed catcher Jhonatan Solano on the DL with an oblique strain and recalled Sandy Leon from Class AA Harrisburg.
Ben Revere was brought to Washington in the hopes he could solve the centerfield and lead-off issue that plagued them the previous year. After just one year, the Nationals have decided to move on from Revere as they declined to tender him.
The move makes Revere a free agent after a .217/.260/.300 season that fell way below expectations. Revere tied his career-high with two home runs and added 24 RBI while scoring 44 runs.
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Back in December 2011, the Nationals traded catcher prospect Derek Norris to Oakland in the deal that brough Gio Gonzalez to Washington. Almost exactly five years later, the team pulled off a trade to get Norris back, according to multiple reports.
The trade that shipped away Norris in the first place also included pitcher A.J. Cole, whom the Nationals re-aquired in 2013.
Norris joins Washington catchers Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino. The Nats re-signed Lobaton to a one year deal yesterday after deciding not to bring back All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos, who tore his ACL at the end of last season.
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