PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ian Desmond is doing his best to put a miserable first half behind him.
The Nationals got the first of their injured regulars back in time for Saturday’s game, activating infielder Anthony Rendon off the 15-day disabled list and inserting him right back in their start
The Nationals have promoted top prospect Lucas Giolito to Class AA Harrisburg, deeming the 21-year-old right-hander ready to start pitching at the upper levels of their farm system.
The Nationals have come out of the All-Star break and gone 3-5, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game but giving up an average of 4.75 during that same stretch.
In search of bullpen help at the trade deadline, the Nationals have been linked to a number of potential pitchers in recent days.