According to a report this afternoon by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the Washington Nationals have signed 29-year-old infielder Tony Campana to a minor league deal.
Campana, a one-time Chicago Cub, Arizona Diamondback and LA Angel, signed with the Chicago White Sox last November, but suffered a torn ACL during a workout this winter and was released back in March.
According to Heyman's tweeted reports, he's recovered from surgery well:
Tony Campana, recovered quickly from Feb acl tear, has been doing baseball activity a month and has signed with nats— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 11, 2015
Campana's new nats deal goes thru 2016. Interesting late-season pickup.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 11, 2015
Campana could provide extra late season and October speed. Nats took a page out of royals playbook here.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 11, 2015
Through four major league seasons, the left-handed hitting and throwing pinch hitter/outfielder has put up a combined .249/.296/.288 line with 66 stolen bases in 257 games and 477 PAs.
Campana split the 2014 campaign with the D-Backs and Angels, posting a .187/.197/.227 line in 44 games and 76 PAs.
Several other sources have now confirmed the Nationals' minor league deal with Campana:
Can confirm Nats deal with Campana is a minor league deal through next season. Was released by White Sox in March after tearing ACL in Feb.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) August 11, 2015
In his first two seasons in the majors with the Cubs, Campana put up a .262/.306/.300 line with nine doubles, a home runs and 54 stolen bases in 59 attempts. What role he'll play with the Nationals in unclear.
The Nationals haven't officially announced the deal.