WASHINGTON — Outfielder Michael A. Taylor has finally made it back to the majors after spending a month in the minor leagues.
Sent to Nationals Class-AAA affiliate Syracuse on July 25, Taylor was recalled to the big league roster on Monday. Right-handed starter Lucas Giolito was optioned back to Syracuse as the corresponding move.
This is Taylor’s second big-league promotion this season after starting the year off with the Nationals.
He was also optioned to Syracuse on July 4, but spent only four days way from the club before being recalled on July 8. He played in only six games for the Nationals before returning to Syracuse.
The raw numbers during his most recent minor league stint — a .204/.280/.283 slash line and 31 strikeouts over his last 125 plate appearances — suggest Taylor still struggles with high strikeout rates and inconsistent effectiveness at the plate.
He hit .225 and had a .266 on-base percentage with six home runs, 12 RBI, 10 walks and 64 strikeouts in 203 Major League plate appearances prior to when he was initially optioned to Syracuse in early July.
Rosters expand on Thursday, Sept. 1, making the entire 40-man roster available for use.