Nats Reinstate Papelbon, Send Taylor to AAA Syracuse

WASHINGTON — The Nationals announced they have recalled Jonathan Papelbon from the Disabled List and sent centerfielder Michael A. Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor has been inconsistent but useful at times this season, but his production has paled in comparison to what starter Ben Revere has done recently. Revere is 9 for 23 over the past seven days, with a double, a triple, 4 runs and 3 RBIs.

Taylor, for the season, is hitting .225/.266/.372 with 6 home runs, 10 doubles and 64 strikeouts.

The move comes on the heels of the team recalling Stephen Strasburg from the DL, which they countered by placing Joe Ross on the 15-day Disabled List.

Ross has struggled recently and the move was done out of precaution, but it allows rookie phenom Lucas Giolito to remain with the big-league team. Giolito is currently listed as the probable starter for Thursday’s game against the New York Mets, who trail Washington by five games.

As for Monday’s game, which starts at 11:05 a.m., the Nationals will have a short bench but a stocked bullpen.

Max Scherzer takes the mound for the start on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Nationals play each of the next seven days before the All-Star break.

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