Forward Paul Carey has been recalled from the Hershey Bears, the Capitals announced Saturday afternoon.

Carey, 28, scored one goal in four games with the Capitals last season and has been one of the Bears' most productive players so far this season. In 15 games, Carey has four goals and nine assists and has registered a point in 11 consecutive contests. His point total is second on the Bears to Chris Bourque’s 16.

Carey’s promotion was necessary because of the injuries the Capitals suffered in Friday’s 1-0 win over the Red Wings. Winger T.J. Oshie has been lost for a few weeks due to an upper body injury and center Lars Eller is “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Blue Jackets, also due to an upper body injury.

Carey (6-1, 198) has a goal and an assist in 26 NHL games with the Capitals and Avalanche, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2007.

Since the move was made after Saturday’s practice in Arlington, it’s unclear where Carey, a left wing, would slot into Washington’s lineup. But the Caps have several players who are comfortable at both center and wing, so Coach Barry Trotz figures to have multiple options available to him.    

The Capitals host the Blue Jackets on Sunday at 12:30 pm on CSN.