The Washington Nationals announced the following roster moves on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
- Selected the contract of first baseman Joey Meneses from Triple-A Rochester
- Recalled outfielder Josh Palacios from Triple-A Rochester
- Transferred left-handed pitcher Evan Lee to the 60-day Injured List
- Designated left-handed pitcher Josh Rogers for assignment
- Optioned shortstop CJ Abrams to Triple-A Rochester
Meneses, 30, leads Washington’s Minor League system with 20 home runs and 64 RBI, 107 hits and 183 total bases. He ranks among Nationals Minor Leaguers in slugging percentage (2nd, .489), OPS (2nd, .830), batting average (3rd, .286) and extra-base hits (T3rd, 35).
After 10 Minor League seasons, Meneses will make his Major League debut with his first appearance. He is a career .281/.338/.431 hitter with 174 doubles, 25 triples, 87 home runs, 439 RBI, 272 walks, 10 stolen bases and 381 runs scored in 894 career Minor League games. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent on May 9, 2011.
Palacios, 27, hit .299 with 11 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 44 RBI, 30 walks, 18 stolen bases and 39 runs scored in 72 games with Triple-A Rochester. He ranks among Nationals farmhands in on-base percentage (2nd, .378), batting average (2nd, .299), OPS (5th, .815), slugging percentage (8th, .437), stolen bases (7th, 18) and RBI (9th, 44).
Palacios made his Major League debut in 2021, appearing in 13 games with the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 7-for-35 (.200) with four RBI, three walks and seven runs scored. Palacios was acquired off waivers from the Blue Jays on April 15 after six seasons in their organization. He was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Auburn (AL) University.
Lee, 25, was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four games (one start) for the Nationals in 2022.
Rogers, 28, was 2-2 with a 5.13 ERA for Washington this season.