The Nationals designated Xavier Nady for assignment this morning, a move the club was forced into making after the outfielder's 20-day rehab assignment with Class A Potomac ended.
The club also officially recalled left-hander John Lannan from Class AAA Syracuse, utilizing MLB's newly created rule that allows teams to add a 26th player to their big-league roster for doubleheaders.
Nady had maximized his allotted time on rehab from a wrist strain; he went 1-for-3 last night at Potomac, ending his 12-game stint with a .158 average and one RBI.
The Nationals had to either put Nady back on the big-league roster or risk losing him altogether. They chose the latter.
A surprise member of the Nationals' Opening Day roster, Nady hit .157 with three homers and six RBI in 40 big-league games this season.
Lannan, meanwhile, makes his big-league season debut in the nightcap of today's doubleheader with the Braves. The left-hander, who led last year's staff with 10 wins while posting a 3.70 ERA, was surprisingly optioned to Syracuse on the final day of spring training, despite his 5 million guaranteed salary.
Lannan, who has made 128 starts for the Nationals since 2007, immediately requested a trade, but general manager Mike Rizzo preferred to keep the 27-year-old in the organization so he could be summoned for a situation such as this.