WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 01: Matt Stairs #12 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Ryan Zimmerman #11, Jayson Werth #28 and Brian Bixler #43 after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on July 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won the game 2-1. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Washington Nationals made two quick announcements today, noting that RHP Chien-Ming Wang has returned from his rehab assigment though he remains on the DL awaiting his expected reinstatement before Friday's start against the New York Mets, and, following last night's acquisition of outfielder Jonny Gomes in a deal with Cincinnati the sent 1B/OF Bill Rhinehart and LHP Chris Manno to the Reds, the second move was to place the 30-year-old Gomes on the 25-Man Roster while designating veteran pinch-hitting legend Matt Stairs for assignment.
Stairs, a veteran of 19 MLB seasons, had 10 hits in 65 at bats this season, (.154/.257/.169) with a double, nine walks and 23 K's in 74 plate appearances. Gomes brings a .211/.336/.399 line with him from Cincinnati. In 77 games and 218 at bats he's hit eight doubles and 11 HR's. The expectation, as expressed by Davey Johnson last night at the end of his post game interview the D.C. press corps is that Gomes and Nix will platoon in left. "We've been looking for a big right-handed bat off the bench," Johnson said, "and he's probably a little bit more than that. He can give me some playing time in left field. We just needed a little spark to the offense and hopefully he's going to give us some of that."