Nationals Activate Max Scherzer, Jayson Werth From DL

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Washington Nationals bolstered their team for the critical stretch run as they activated two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and outfielder Jayson Werth on Monday.

To make room on the roster, Washington optioned outfielders Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson to Triple-A Syracuse.

Scherzer has had an impressive season posting a 12-5 record with a 2.25 ERA in 24 starts this season, but hasn’t pitched since August 13th due to neck spasms.

Werth is coming off the 6-day DL, which he was placed on back in June for a left foot contusion. Werth was hitting .262 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs in 47 games this season.

Werth has kept a positive attitude about the long stint on the DL, saying that the rest could be a benefit for the stretch run.

“There’s definitely some silver lining to this whole thing,” Werth said (h/t ESPN).

“I’m just fortunate enough that I should have enough games under my belt to be ready for a push in October and help the team in any way that I can. … I’ll hopefully be a big part of this thing.”