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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, right, turns Houston Astros' Rick Ankiel's hat backwards during batting practice before an exhibition spring training baseball game Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Washington Nationals' Roger Bernadina, second from left, and Jayson Werth, right, high-five behind Rick Ankiel (24) after defeating the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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Washington Nationals' Roger Bernadina, second from left, and Jayson Werth, right, high-five behind Rick Ankiel (24) after defeating the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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Washington Nationals' Rick Ankiel drops a batting glove after striking out to end the top of the seventh inning with a runner on third, against the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

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Washington Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel follows through on his grand slam during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. The Nationals won 9-3. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Washington Nationals' Rick Ankiel follows through on a solo home run against Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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Rick Ankiel (24) is congratulated by Roger Bernadina after his eighth-inning pinch-hit homer gave the Nationals breathing room. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals' center fielder Rick Ankiel. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Center fielder Rick Ankiel had given the Nationals sound defensive play before his wrist injury, but Washington needs more from him at the plate than his .221 average.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen pumps his fist after Atlanta Braves' Rick Ankiel grounds out for the final out during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. The Nationals beat the Braves 4-2.

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Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, left, dives for the ball as Atlanta Braves' Rick Ankiel, right, steals second base in the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Kansas City Royals' Rick Ankiel, right, beats the tag by Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters to score on a two-RBI single by Royals' Wilson Betemit during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 30, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Washington Nationals' outfielder will continue to see playing time when Rick Ankiel returns from the disabled list. (Joseph Silverman / The Washington Times)