Nationals Reinstate Ryan Zimmerman, Sammy Solis

WASHINGTON — First baseman Ryan Zimmerman and relief pitcher Sammy Solis have been reinstated from the disabled list to the Nationals’ active roster, the team announce on Tuesday.

Zimmerman, who was placed on the DL on July 8, went 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, a home run and five RBI in three games on a rehab assignment with Class-A Potomac last week.

Solis was placed on the DL with right knee inflammation retroactive to July 8. He allowed one run in two innings pitched on a rehab assignment stretched across two games between Potomac and Class-A Hagerstown.

The Nationals optioned starter Lucas Giolito and outfielder Michael A. Taylor to Class-AAA affiliate Syracuse on Sunday.

With a five-game division lead over the New York Mets and Miami Marlins, Washington’s offense could sure use a spark from Zimmerman’s bat as they embark on a nine-game road trip beginning in Cleveland Tuesday, and the final 63 games of their season.

Zimmerman has struggled to find consistency at the plate, hitting .221 with a .284 on-base percentage, in the 74 games he’s played for the Nationals this season. He has, however, shown flashes of power with 13 doubles and 12 home runs.

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