Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez suggested on Monday that more September call-ups could be coming, telling reporters there were specific needs on the roster that the Nationals could address with some additions.
“For me, moving forward, it’d be nice to have a guy that you could count on to pinch-run or steal a base,” Martinez said, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr.
“But other than that, if you look at our team, we got guys that can do a bunch of different things. The way the roster sits right now, it is pretty solidified moving forward.”
In addition to the first round of call-ups (catcher Raudy Read, outfielder Andrew Stevenson, and infielder Adrían Sanchez), and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Doolittle, both of whom returned from the Injured List on Sunday, the Nationals added outfielder Michael A. Taylor and infielder Wilmer Difo to the big league roster this afternoon.
Taylor, 28, played in 43 games for the Nats earlier this season, posting a .211/.277/.276 line with five doubles in 85 plate appearances, but he was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg in late June.
With the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate, Taylor put up a .248/.324/.463 line with 16 doubles, two triples, and nine home runs in 57 games and 247 PAs before he was called back up.
Difo, 27, had a .231/.301/.298 line with two doubles and two home runs in 39 games and 134 PAs before he was optioned to Triple-A in mid-May, and he posted a .300/.369/.438 with the Nationals’ affiliate in Fresno, with 14 doubles, three triples, and four homers in 61 games and 261 PAs.