WASHINGTON — The Nationals are reportedly recalling prospect Trea Turner from Class-AAA Syracuse, according to multiple reports.
Chelsea Janes of The Post reports Turner is en route to New York City, where the Nationals will take on the division rival Mets in the second of four pivotal games at Citi Field. The Mets currently trail the Nats by three games in the NL East.
Talk Nats Blog also reports Turner will be activated against the Mets. The decision to go with Turner over Matt den Dekker was made in part because it gives the Nats an extra right-handed outfielder “because of the weekend matchups with both [Noah Syndergaard] and [Steven Matz],” according to Talk Nats Blog.
The roster move may precipitate a trip to the disabled list for Ryan Zimmerman, who was withheld from Thursday’s game with a “sore something,” as a corresponding move, although the team has yet to announce its plans.
Asked after Thursday’s loss if the Nationals were planning on making a move, manager Dusty Baker said, “We’ll tell you tomorrow.”
Turner fared well in his first trip to the Major League roster this season, going three for three with a walk in his only game as a starter in Cincinnati on June 3. His bat has remained hot since being converted to a center fielder at Syracuse on June 27; he’s hitting .294/.333/.510 with one homer and three walks in his past 12 games. And the lifelong middle infielder appears to be adapting well to his new outfield surroundings.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo explained the decision to give Turner some reps in center field as a means to fast-track his return to the big league roster.
“Since the guys that we have at the position that he plays are playing extremely well, we figured to get him in the big leagues sooner rather than later, we need to make him more versatile,” Rizzo told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan.