The Washington Nationals activated center fielder Ben Revere on Friday from the 15-day disabled list and put him atop their lineup for Friday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Outfielder Matt den Dekker was sent to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the roster for Revere.
Revere rejoins the Nationals after missing 27 games because of a right oblique strain that occurred on opening day. He was acquired in the offseason for relief pitcher Drew Storen and a player to be named later.
Revere was expected to be the Nationals’ leadoff hitter. Because of the injury, that job has fallen to Michael A. Taylor, who has struggled. His on-base percentage is .222, more than 100 points lower than Revere’s career on-base percentage of .328.
Taylor’s inability to reach base has also thwarted a chance to use his speed as a weapon. The 25 year old has four stolen bases in five attempts.
Den Dekker appeared in 17 games for Washington, hitting .194 (6-for-31) with one double, one home run, four RBI, three walks, one stolen base and one run scored.