The Washington Nationals called up outfielder Nate Schierholtz from Triple-A Syracuse Saturday.
Schierholtz, a career .254 hitter, signed a minor league contract with the Nationals after a poor start to the season with the Chicago Cubs. Despite his troubles at the plate earlier in the year, he brings an additional left-handed bat to the Nationals’ lineup.
In 2010, Schierholtz was a member of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The most productive offensive season for the 30-year-old left-handed hitter came in 2011 when he hit .278 through 362 at bats for the Giants. The Nationals are looking to add depth to their lineup while outfielder Nate McLouth is on the 60-day disabled list. McLouth is expected to miss the rest of the 2014 season after undergoing surgery for a torn right labrum.
While the Nationals’ lineup is strong from top to bottom, the team is always looking to add depth to the bench. Schierholtz brings the potential for a solid left-handed bat in pinch hitting situations. Assuming outfielders Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth remain healthy for the remainder of the season, Schierholtz will simply play a backup role for the Nats.
Heading into the final weeks, the Nationals are looking to maximize the potential in every spot on the roster. Schierholtz does just that by replacing a struggling McLouth, who was in need of recovery. Look for Schierholtz to provide pinch hit support down the stretch.
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