Nationals announce roster moves

The Washington Nationals made the following roster moves on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

  • Reinstated second baseman Brian Dozier from the Paternity List
  • Reinstated right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer from the 10-day Injured List
  • Optioned right-handed pitcher Kyle McGowin to Double-A Harrisburg
  • Optioned infielder Adri├ín Sanchez to Double-A Harrisburg

Dozier, 32, is hitting .236 with 19 doubles, 19 home runs, 45 RBI, 52 walks, three stolen bases, 49 runs scored, a .337 on-base percentage and a .445 slugging percentage for the Nationals in 2019. His 19 home runs are tied for most among National League second basemen. In his final game before being placed on the paternity list, Dozier went 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBI, one walk and two runs scored on Aug. 18 against Milwaukee.

Scherzer, 35, returns to the Nationals after being placed on the 10-day Injured List on July 29 (retroactive to July 26) with a mild rhomboid strain. He is 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Nationals this season. Despite his stint on the Injured List, Scherzer ranks among National League pitchers in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (1st, 12.66), strikeout-to-walk ratio (1st, 7.56), home runs allowed per 9.0 innings (2nd, 0.67), ERA (3rd, 2.41), strikeouts (3rd, 189), WHIP (3rd, 0.99), opponents’ on-base percentage (3rd, .262), opponents’ OPS (3rd, .603) and opponents’ slugging percentage (4th, .341).

McGowin, 27, appeared in seven games (one start) for the Nationals in 2019, posting a 10.13 ERA.

Sanchez, 29, hit .241 with one RBI, one walk and two runs scored in 26 games for Washington in 2019.