Solis activated from disabled list
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.