Willy Taveras sent down for Mike Morse
The Nationals designated outfielder Willy Taveras for assignment and recalled utility player Mike Morse from Class AAA Syracuse tonight, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Morse will be in Denver for Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies.
Taveras, whom the Nationals signed to a minor league contract this season, will go through waivers. If he clears, Taveras will have the option to accept the assignment and remain with the Nationals organization or refuse the assignment and become a free agent.
Late Saturday night, Taveras, 28, was undecided. Taveras's wife is pregnant, and he wants to speak with his family before deciding. In accepting the news, Taveras was classy and professional, smiling as he hugged his teammates.
"Just say, 'Thank you,' " Taveras said. "I was professional about it. We'll see what happens. I didn't get the chance that I would like, but you got to make your move. It's okay. I wasn't playing much either. I don't know what to say."
Taveras, who has a career .320 on-base percentage, went 7 for 34 with a triple and two walks, appearing in 25 games for the Nationals this season. "I would have loved to get more opportunity, but it didn't happen that way," Taveras said. "I understand. I believe in myself. I didn't get the chance I thought I was going to get, but it's all good. I'm professional, and I'm going to keep working hard. I'm still pretty young. I think there's a lot of baseball left in me."
Morse had been rehabbing a calf strain in Syracuse, where he hit .265 with three home runs in 14 games. Morse made the Nationals out of spring training, but he made only six plate appearances before straining his calf.
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