There was no corresponding move for the Washington Nationals when they placed Victor Robles on the 10-day IL on Saturday (5/23, retroactive to 5/20), with the right ankle sprain he suffered in Chicago last week.
Davey Martinez explained at the time that their late decision on Sunday afternoon did not allow the team to call somebody up in time for the series finale with the Baltimore Orioles.
“We made it super-late, so we couldn’t get nobody here,” Martinez said.
Robles, the skipper explained, had come in and not much had changed from previous days as they tried to avoid an IL stint. Martinez had previously said that they were hoping to wait until today to make a decision, but things didn’t improve enough.
“He was still pretty much status quo this morning as he has been,” the manager said. “He did get a little bit better, but we want to get him on there, we can back date it three days, and this way he can come off as soon as he possibly can.
“Tonight we played with a man down, but we want to make sure that when he comes back he’s ready to go and give him a little extra time.”
The Nationals won’t be playing a man down tonight.
In advance of the first game of three with the Cincinnati Reds in D.C., the club called up infielder Luis García from their Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, where the 21-year-old has a .235/.293/.426 line, a double, and four homers in 17 games and 75 plate appearances this season.
García debuted in the majors in 2020’s 60-game COVID campaign, when Starlin Castro was hurt, and he played in six games early this season after an outbreak on the team forced nine players onto the COVID-IL before Opening Day.
Washington Post reporter Jesse Dougherty was the first (we saw) with the news that García was rejoining the team.
The club made it official this afternoon: