Ryan Zimmerman has been reinstated by the Nationals after three days on MLB's paternity list, while shortstop Trea Turner is heading back to Triple-A Syracuse after spending the weekend with the big league club.
Zimmerman is expected to return to action on Tuesday night when the Nationals play at the Chicago White Sox. He and his wife Heather welcomed their second child last week.
Turner, 22, appeared in two games for the Nationals during their weekend series at the Cincinnati Reds. On Friday night in his season debut he went 3-for-3 with a walk. On Saturday he was used as a pinch-runner and on Sunday he did not play.
Turner goes back to Syracuse where he's held a .310 average through 50 games with three homers and 24 RBI. Manager Dusty Baker told reporters in Cincinnati the plan for Turner from the outset was to just bring him up for a few days. That allows him to get another glimpse of the majors before going back down to Syracuse to continue working on his game, particularly with his defense.
Sending Turner down further illustrates the Nationals' confidence with Danny Espinosa as their starting shortstop and Stephen Drew as their backup middle infielder. Despite batting just .197, Espinosa does have eight homers - he's on pace for 23 this season - and continues to play strong defense in the field. Drew is not carrying a high average either at .189, but the Nats see value in his ability to competently play third base, second base and shortstop.
Zimmerman rejoins the Nationals with a .250 batting average in 48 games with eight homers and 26 RBI. His .763 OPS is fourth on the team.