So­lis ac­ti­vated from dis­abled list

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - — Jorge Castillo

The Na­tion­als’ bullpen wel­comed back one of its Open­ing Day mem­bers Satur­day when Sammy So­lis was re­in­stated from the dis­abled list and re­joined the team in St. Louis. Ja­cob Turner was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment as the cor­re­spond­ing move to cre­ate a spot on the ros­ter.

So­lis, 28, missed 65 games af­ter post­ing a 8.31 ERA in six games for Wash­ing­ton and go­ing on the dis­abled list April 19 with el­bow in­flam­ma­tion, which he ini­tially be­lieved would side­line him for a cou­ple of weeks.

“Go­ing into it, I thought this might be a two-week thing. But it took six weeks for my hand to stop buzzing, and then we could start re­hab af­ter that. So it was a lot longer than I thought it would be. But now I feel a lot stronger, ready to go.”

So­lis be­gan his re­hab as­sign­ment June 15 and al­lowed six runs across 62/3 in­nings in seven ap­pear­ances. He last pitched Tues­day, yield­ing three runs in 12/3 in­nings, and was avail­able Satur­day. The Na­tion­als had 30 days from the start of his re­hab as­sign­ment to re­in­state him, but Man­ager Dusty Baker said So­lis was ready a week ago. It was a mat­ter of fig­ur­ing out who he would re­place and when.

“I can’t re­ally put it into words, be­cause it was just a lot longer than I thought it would take,” So­lis said. “Now that it’s fi­nally here, I’m ex­cited to get go­ing.”

Turner, a St. Louis-area na­tive, was des­ig­nated af­ter al­low­ing five runs over 32/3 in­nings in Fri­day’s loss. A starter by trade, the right-han­der com­piled a 5.08 ERA and made 16 of his 18 ap­pear­ances with Wash­ing­ton in re­lief, but Baker said the or­ga­ni­za­tion would have him start in the mi­nors if he passes through waivers and ac­cepts an as­sign­ment.

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