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Updated: Nats make roster moves to make way for de los Santos

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Updated: Nats make roster moves to make way for de los Santos

[Updated 5:51 p.m.]

With rookie reliever Abel de los Santos joining the team on Monday, the Nationals made a pair of moves to clear up a roster spot. They transferred Jayson Werth - who is rehabbing a broken left wrist - from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. They also optioned struggling right-hander Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse.

Werth is playing with the Syracuse Chiefs on Monday night as he continues his road back. He should be able to return soon, possibly within the week, but bringing him to Washington will require a corresponding move on the 40-man roster.

Treinen, 27, leaves the Nationals one day after his worst outing of the 2015 season. He lasted just one-third of an inning and gave up four runs on five hits and a walk to the Dodgers. Treinen left the mound with a 4.39 ERA on the season through 32 appearances.

"For Blake it’s about consistency. We know the kind of talent he’s got. It’s heavy sink coming out of his hand at 97 or 98 mph," Williams said. "The issues that he has had with left-handed hitters this year is something to work on. Yesterday was an example of where he got ahead but he just couldn’t finish."

Treinen entered the season with expectations to take on a significant role in the Nationals' bullpen after an impressive showing in 2014 as a rookie. He held a 2.49 ERA in 15 outings including seven starts. Treinen strung together six scoreless appearances heading into the All-Star break before his unfortunate showing in Sunday's 5-0 loss.

"We’ll give him an opportunity to get down there and get that consistent work and get him stretched out if we can. He’ll be able to go down and throw three innings if we needed him to do that. He’s perfectly fine to do that. He’ll just work on some things and be back here quickly," Williams said.

De Los Santos joins the Nats after posting a 2.65 ERA in 26 games with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. The right-hander was acquired over the offseason in a three-player trade with the Texas Rangers in December.

"We didn’t get a chance to see him in spring training. But we certainly have reports from everybody that has seen him within the system," Williams said. "He’s been closing some games for them pitching high leverage situations and back of the bullpen situations for them. Everybody loves his stuff. He’s got good stuff, throws strikes. Got a breaking ball to go a long with it that he can spot when he needs to do so he’s been doing well."

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.