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Washington Nationals place Ben Revere on 15-Day DL with right oblique strain

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Ben Revere left Monday's season opener with what was described as aggravation of his rib cage. The Washington Nationals announced tonight that it was a right oblique strain which has landed the outfielder on the 15-Day DL.

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Dusty Baker declined to speculate on the extent of the injury that Ben Revere suffered on Opening Day when he talked to reporters after the Washington Nationals' win over the Atlanta Braves.

"He aggravated his rib cage some," Baker explained.

A reporter asked the Nats' skipper if he thought it was an oblique issue?

"I can't say what it is because we're not sure what it is. So I don't want to jump to conclusions to say what it is because I'm not a doctor and they just said he aggravated it."

This afternoon, the Nationals placed Revere on the 15-Day DL with a right oblique strain:

As noted in the Nationals' tweet, they recalled outfielder Matt Den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse to take Revere's spot on the 25-Man roster.

When the Nationals optioned the 28-year-old outfielder to Triple-A at the end of Spring Training, Baker said it was a tough decision.

"One of the tougher decisions," he explained.

"We had so many, this is kind of strange, you never feel that you have too many left-handed bats.

"That's what everybody is looking for... I urged him to go down and play effectively and you never know what's going to happen. I think this guy is big league ready, but this is what happens when you have a good team."

den Dekker was 12 for 40 (.300 AVG) in Grapefruit League action with two doubles, two triples, five walks and two stolen bases in 21 games.

He finished strong in the nation's capital in 2015, and set career highs in home runs (5), average (.253) and slugging percentage (.485) in his first season with the Nationals, over 55 games played.

Revere, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays this winter to take Denard Span's place in center, made it through just three innings before the injury forced him from the lineup on Monday.