The Washington Nationals had a solid Tuesday even before taking the field versus the division-rival Atlanta Braves, as they began the afternoon sitting atop the National League East standings at 12-12 and then activated two familiar names.
Washington has confirmed that star outfielder Juan Soto and right-handed relief pitcher Will Harris have both been added to the active roster from the injured list. Soto slashed .300/.410/.460 with a .870 OPS, two home runs and eight RBI across his first 14 games before he landed on the IL with a strained left shoulder on April 20. Harris, meanwhile, hasn’t yet debuted this season due to right-hand inflammation.
According to Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington, Soto is only available to pinch-hit versus Atlanta on Tuesday. Weyrich added that Washington designated utility player Hernan Perez for assignment and optioned right-hander Kyle McGowin to Triple-A in corresponding roster moves.