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Werth, Zimmerman activated; den Dekker, Burriss dropped

Jul 28, 2015, 4:51 PM EST

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The Nationals will have two of their key injured veterans back in the lineup Tuesday night in Miami, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled list in time for the club’s series opener with the Marlins.

To clear roster space for the returning regulars, the Nationals optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Class AAA Syracuse and outrighted Emmanuel Burriss to Syracuse after the infielder cleared waivers.

With Werth and Zimmerman now off the DL, and with Anthony Rendon having returned from his own injury over the weekend in Pittsburgh, the Nationals will take the field Tuesday with seven healthy regulars for the first time since May 15, when Werth was hit by a pitch in San Diego and fractured two small bones in his left wrist.

The Nationals have not yet fielded a complete lineup with eight healthy regulars this season, and that still won’t happen until Denard Span returns from a lingering back injury. The center fielder and leadoff man has spent the last 2 1/2 weeks on the DL and has yet to be cleared for full baseball activities.

Werth returns nearly 2 1/2 months since suffering his fractures, the third time he has missed significant time with a left wrist injury in his career. The 36-year-old played nine rehab games between Class A Potomac and Class AAA Syracuse, going 11-for-30 with two doubles, seven RBI, two walks and two strikeouts.

Werth, who missed the season’s first week while recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder, was hitting only .208 with two homers, 12 RBI and a .294 on-base percentage in 27 games when he suffered the wrist injury. But he had just begun to find his stroke prior to that, hitting .313 with two homers and a .910 OPS over his final nine games.

Zimmerman had been on the DL since June 9, when lingering plantar fasciitis in his left foot became too painful to continue to play. The 30-year-old had been trying to play through the ailment since late April and saw his batting average plummet to .209 with a .265 on-base percentage and .611 OPS that left him the majors’ least-productive first baseman.

Zimmerman appeared in five games with Class AA Harrisburg while on rehab last week, going 1-for-15 with three strikeouts.

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 28, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    From Mark: “Outrighted” means Burriss was removed from 40-man roster, which is what you have to do with players out of options. https://t.co/8cbFWOsC98

    • nats128 - Jul 28, 2015 at 4:58 PM

      “outrighted Emmanuel Burriss to Syracuse after the infielder cleared waivers.”

      Burriss cleared waivers already which now all makes sense.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 28, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        Thanks. Was wondering how he could be outrighted if he was just DFA’d as he’d have to clear waivers. Was DFA prior to today.

  2. nats128 - Jul 28, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    +162

    • Tim Harrison - Jul 28, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      With barely over 60 games left, it’s too late to run away with it. It will be nip and tuck the entire way, the Mets pitching will keep them from going away.

      • nats128 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:35 AM

        I agree but the people that understand 162 is significant to thats a marathon.

  3. garyfromcville - Jul 28, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Might be a few weeks away, once everyone gets back in the groove after a long layoff.

    • rlndtln - Jul 28, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      A few weeks and your in September and 4 out.

  4. Section 222 - Jul 28, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Let’s give a tip of the cap to Matt den Dekker. He really played hard when he was out there, and had that big, game-winning, two run homer against the Dodgers.

    At the very least, when you google him you should see pictures of him wearing the curly-W

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=matt%20den%20dekker

    • natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2015 at 5:44 PM

      Tipping my cap here (oops – I typed “cat” the first time).

      • natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2015 at 5:47 PM

        Cat tipping. On the bright side, they’re not nearly as heavy as cows. On the dark side, those claws will get you every time.

    • mauimo22 - Jul 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      My cat was not happy but I tipped him anyway as requested.
      #SeeYaUpperDekker

      • natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        lol

  5. masterfishkeeper - Jul 28, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    I’ll have two of whatever you’re drinking. Hope you’re right, but I think it will be a week or two before the Nats are clicking on all cylinders.

    • jd - Jul 28, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      I agree masterfishkeeper but just getting to the point where almost everyone is here is such a nice sight to see.

  6. JayB - Jul 28, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    agreed he is an over achiever

  7. letswin3 - Jul 28, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Pap will take millions less, close and sign for “16 if the deal with the Nats closes.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jul 28, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Papelbon wants to play for a team that has a chance to win. The guy has always seemed like a jerk to me, but he has been a very talented, and a very competitive jerk. This may take some time to sit well with the Nats faithful.First Clipp to the Mutts and then getting a despised Phillie jerk.Me? If this deal gets finalized I’ll root for the jerk, but I don’t see a Papelbon jersey in my future!

    • natsfan1a - Jul 28, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      That’s about where I am, too, Joe.

  9. TheBigDummy - Jul 28, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    I know he wasn’t hitting very much but I would’ve liked to have kept den Dekker around. Good defense, good base runner. Tip of the cap indeed.

  10. rlndtln - Jul 28, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Why did we not drop Uggla.

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