The Washington Nationals recalled both Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor today, while placing Ryan Zimmerman on the DL (with a left rib cage strain, retroactive to 7/7).
They also sent righty Lucas Giolito to Triple-A, so Nats' skipper Dusty Baker had some options with tonight's lineup.
Would Turner join the infield, potentially playing second with Daniel Murphy shifting over to first while Zimmerman's out?
Would Turner get some time in the outfield? The Nationals have used the 23-year-old in center at Triple-A.
Nats' GM Mike Rizzo explained the thinking in working Turner out in the outfield in an interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s The Sports Junkies on Wednesday.
"We have [Daniel Murphy] swinging it well," Rizzo explained. "[Danny Espinosa] is playing well, our team is playing well, we lead the major leagues in the least amount of errors, our defense has been sound, so what we did with Trea is because of his game-changing speed and the dimension that he brings to the ballpark.
"We see him as an above-average everyday shortstop in the future, but a player that can play different positions when need be, and I think that it just improves his versatility, his ability to get to the big leagues and contribute at the big league level for him to play shortstop, second base and center field."
So where would Baker play Turner? Would Michael A. Taylor get some action tonight? Nope and nope. This is not going to help quiet the Dusty Baker will never play Trea crowd...
Here's the Nationals' lineup for tonight's matchup with the Mets which features Stephen Strasburg on the mound vs Mets' right-hander Noah Syndergaard: