24-year-old outfielder Erik Komatsu, who was acquired by Washington in a July 30, 2011 trade with Milwaukee for utility man Jerry Hairston, Jr. and selected by St. Louis Cardinals in this past winter's Rule 5 Draft, didn't stick with the Cardinals or the Minnesota Twins who claimed Komatsu when the Cards designated him for assignment back on May 1st. Therefore, the Washington Nationals accepted the outfielder back this afternoon as per the rules of the Rule 5 Draft. Komatsu was left unprotected by the Nats after putting up a .234/.298/.297 line in 31 games and 142 plate appearances at Double-A Harrisburg after the trade last year. He had a .211/.286/.211 line in 15 games and 21 plate appearances with the Cardinals and a .219/.297/.219 line in 15 games and 37 plate appearances with the Twins. According to the Tweet by the Nationals this afternoon, the left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder will report to Triple-A Syracuse now that he's back in the Nats' organization:
BREAKING: #Nats accept contract of OF Erik Komatsu, assigned outright per Rule 6 guidelines to @SyracuseChiefs, from @Twins— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 29, 2012
• The Nationals also noted in a press release on the move that Komatus is not on the 40-Man Roster.