Michael A. Taylor Nationals Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals activate Zimmerman off IL, Option Taylor

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The Nationals have activated Ryan Zimmerman off the 10-day Injured List and optioned outfielder Michael A. Taylor to AAA.

Zimmerman, 34, hasn’t played in the big leagues since April 27 when he was placed on the IL with plantar fasciitis.

Zimmerman will become the Nationals’ designated hitter for the weekend as they travel to take on the Detroit Tigers of the American League. Zimmerman has only played in 22 games this season and carries a slashline of .213/.302/.373. Zimmerman also added three homers and 11 RBIs.

Once interleague play ends the Nationals might have trouble finding playing time for Zimmerman due to the fact that Matt Adams is red hot and Howie Kendrick has played well all season for the team.

Michael A. Taylor becomes the odd man out on the 25 man roster as he was the only bench player with an option left.

With the signing and emergence of Gerrado Parra, Taylor was having trouble getting big league at-bats after only receiving 85 plate appearances in 43 games.

Taylor was also struggling once again with the Nationals hitting in .211/.277/.276 without a home run and only two runs driven in. Taylor struggled last season too only hitting .227/.287/.357.

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