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Severino, Solis, Uggla are 1st September additions

Sep 1, 2015, 5:19 PM EST

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The Nationals’ first round of September call-ups include a third-string catcher making his major-league debut, an extra long reliever with experience earlier this season and a veteran hitter returning from a minor injury.

Catcher Pedro Severino, left-hander Sammy Solis and infielder Dan Uggla all were added to the Nationals’ roster before Tuesday night’s game in St. Louis, giving the club a few extra reinforcements for the season’s final month.

Severino makes his big-league debut after spending the season at Class AA Harrisburg, where he hit .246 with a .288 on-base percentage and .331 slugging percentage. Touted as a strong defensive catcher, the 22-year-old Dominican native probably won’t see significant playing time down the stretch, but his presence allows manager Matt Williams to use either Jose Lobaton or Wilson Ramos as a pinch-hitter without burning up his only backup catcher.

Solis rejoins the Nationals bullpen after three stints earlier this year, when he went 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in 10 appearances. The 27-year-old lefty posted a 2.02 ERA and two saves in nine appearances at Class AAA Syracuse following his most-recent demotion.

Uggla returns after missing 22 games with back spasms, which landed the veteran on the DL for the first time in his 10-year career. He hit .191 with a .294 on-base percentage and .291 slugging percentage over 126 plate appearances before suffering the injury, with his one home run capping the Nationals’ record comeback victory April 28 in Atlanta.

In order to make room for Severino on the club’s 40-man roster, the Nationals transferred reliever David Carpenter to the 60-day DL. Carpenter has been out since July 16 with right shoulder inflammation.

  1. dclivejazz - Sep 1, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Not good that Carpenter won’t be back until mid Sept, if ever.

    • NatsLady - Sep 1, 2015 at 7:20 PM

      Yes, I was hoping he’d come back sooner. An experienced reliever is much needed.

  2. naterialguy - Sep 1, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Not real impressed with these moves.

    • NatsLady - Sep 1, 2015 at 7:19 PM

      We don’t have that much in the farm system that is anywhere near major-league ready, but we may get a sight of a few more when the minor-league season is over (around Sept 8, I believe). Rizzo likes to use the September call-ups as a reward for hard work and progress rather than expecting them to help the major league team substantially.

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