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Nationals call up RHP Taylor Hill, Designate Greg Dobbs for assignment

The Washington Nationals needed help in the bullpen after last night's 16-inning marathon in Milwaukee, and this afternoon they announced that 25-year-old right-hander Taylor Hill was being called up from Triple-A to provide some support.

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As usual these days, the first reports about the Washington Nationals calling a player up broke long before the actual announcement was made. At around 9:00 am this morning a report by Tommy Bryan in The Wilson Post, a local Tennessee newspaper, revealed that 25-year-old Old Hickory, Tennessee-born, Vanderbilt-educated right-hander Taylor Hill was being called up to the majors for the first time.

Drafted in the 6th Round of the 2011 Draft, Hill has been solid at Triple-A Syracuse so far this season with a (9-2) record and a save in 15 games, 14 starts and 93 ⅔ IP over which he's put up a 1.92 ERA, a 3.44 FIP, nine walks (0.86 BB/9) and 65 Ks (6.25 K/9).

Hill's college coach, Tim Corbin tweeted that Hill was being called up an hour earlier than The Wilson Post's report:

Washington Post writer James Wagner and MASN's Dan Kolko have since confirmed that Hill is in the Nationals' clubhouse in Miller Park, joining a Nats' bullpen that Matt Williams told reporters last night is "gassed" after the 16-inning affair with the Brewers:

The Nationals have since confirmed the news while also announcing that veteran bench bat Greg Dobbs has been designated for assigment to make room on the major league roster:

Dobbs, 35, was signed as a free agent after the Miami Marlins released him in early May. In 30 plate appearances with the Nationals, he was 6 for 28 with a double.

The Nationals also announced some additional roster moves, including the release of right-hander Christian Garcia, the injury-plagued reliever whose impressive 2012 season was followed by a year-plus of injuries which have limited his time on the mound: