Xavier Cedeno


The promotion of several Nationals' top prospects came early this season due to injuries, as both Michael Taylor and Steven Souza were each brought up this month.


The Nationals made official on Monday the activation of Bryce Harper from the 15-day disabled list, setting up his expected return to the lineup after missing more than two months with a torn liga


Needing a roster spot for the return of Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday, the Nationals optioned lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse late Tuesday night.


Updated at 6:07 p.m.


The Nationals expect to have Denard Span back some time this weekend once his 7-day disabled list assignment for a concussion is finished.