DENVER — The Washington NationalsReinstated Dee Strange-GordonAfter the infielder/outfielder completed a one-week rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Rochester.
To make room on their roster for Strange-Gordon the Nationals optioned Lucius Fox, an infielder to Rochester, and transferred right-hander. Anibal SanchezFrom the 10-day injures list to the 60 day IL.
Strange-Gordon, an 11-year veteran who is also a two-time All-Star, was signed to a minor league contract in December after he had not played in the major leagues last season. After playing in four games for Nationals, he was placed on the disabled list due to illness.
Before Tuesday night's game at Colorado Manager Dave Martinez said that Strange-Gordon would play shortstop, second base, and center field, in addition to being on the bench.
Martinez said that Martinez would give Martinez an opportunity to play more positions up here than he did before. He said he felt really good today so I talked to him.”
Sanchez will require additional rehab in order to heal from the cervical nerve impingement which led to him being placed on the injured-list on April 11. Martinez said that he would not start a throwing routine until he feels better.
Martinez stated that Martinez is improving but it will take him some time to get back to his starting position as a pitcher, where he has to rebuild himself. He has fallen behind in spring training. He needs to be 100% healthy. That is my biggest concern. He can throw again when he is pain free and will be ready to help us win the games.
Fox, a top Nationals prospect made his major league debut on April 10, and played in 10 games for Nationals. Martinez stated that he will be able to benefit from more playing time at Rochester and at-bats.