The Washington Nationals have announced two roster moves ahead of their series finale with the New York Mets.
Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo announced that OF Corey Dickerson will be reinstated from the 10-day Inured List. INF Jake Alu has been optioned to Triple-A Rochester in the corresponding move. The Nationals also returned RHP Cory Abbott to Triple-A after he was used as the 27th man in yesterday’s doubleheader.
Abbott, 27, pitched two scoreless innings in the second game of the Nationals double-header yesterday. The right-hander has posted a 2.25 ERA through two relief appearances with the Nationals this season.
Dickerson, 33, was placed on the Injured List in the first week of the season, as he suffered a left calf injury. However, Dickerson was activated to Triple-A Rochester last week and recorded two hits in his rehab assignment. The veteran outfielder should return to the lineup to face right-hand pitchers, while Stone Garret should continue starting against left-handed pitchers.
Dickerson spent his 2022 campaign with the Cardinals, slashing .267/.300/.399 slash with six homers in 297 at-bats. In 1,035 regular season games, Dickerson has registered 134 homers and 452 RBIs. The former gold-glove winner has played for several teams, spending time with Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, and now the Washington Nationals. Dickerson Dickerson finalized a $2.25 million, one-year deal with the Nationals over the offseason and is set to become a free-agent at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Jake Alu heads back to Triple-A Rochester with very little on his stat line. He collected one hit in 10 plate appearances with a walk and stolen base. Alu started three games in left field.