WASHINGTON — The Nationals have recalled Michael A. Taylor and Trea Turner and placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list.
As a corresponding move, the Nats have optioned right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito to Class-AAA Syracuse.
Taylor, who was optioned to Syracuse on Monday, wouldn’t normally be eligible to return to the big-league roster until 10 days after his demotion. But such a move is allowable under MLB rules so long as a player on the Major League roster is placed on the disabled list (Zimmerman).
Taylor went one for four with a double, a walk and two strikeouts in his lone game with Syracuse on Thursday.
Zimmerman was withheld from Thursday’s 9-7 loss to the Mets with a “sore something.” When asked after the game if he was planning on making a roster move, manager Dusty Baker told reporters “we’ll tell you tomorrow.”
Giolito was roughed up in his second Major League start Thursday to the tune of four earned runs in 3.2 innings against the Mets, in which he allowed four hits, two home runs and a walk in a three-run fourth inning. Giolito has a 4.70 ERA in his 7.2 Major League innings.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo had said from the time of Giolito’s call-up he would be monitored on a start by start basis. He, too, won’t be eligible to return to the big-league roster for 10 days.
He will make his Triple-A debut after previously only pitching as high as the Double-A level prior to his big-league call-up.