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Nationals Activate Max Scherzer, Jayson Werth From DL

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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.”

 

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Mets Sign Ervin Santana

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The New York Mets have announced that they have come to terms with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on a minor league contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, will see Santana head to Port St. Lucie to being working towards his return to the majors.

Santana, 36, missed the majority of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger prior to the start of Spring Training, and leading the Minnesota Twins, his then-team, to decline a $14 million option on him back in November of 2018.

Prior to last season, Santana was a solid fixture in the Twins starting rotation for three seasons.

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Pirates’ Corey Dickerson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dickerson has been out of action with a shoulder strain since April 4th, leading to the team signing veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played well during his stint with the team.

The Pirates have seen strong play from their outfielders, both defensively and at the plate, so the pending return of Dickerson will further bolster what has become a strength of the team.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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