Nationals call up OF Nate Schierholtz from minors

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Nationals call up Schierholtz: The Washington Nationals have selected the contract of outfielder Nate Schierholtz from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to their top farm club.

Schierholtz, a .254 career hitter with 51 home runs and 224 RBIs in 776 games with the Cubs, Phillies and Giants, was signed to a minor league contract Aug. 18. He hit .192 with six homers in 99 games for Chicago before being designated for assignment Aug. 6. The 30-year-old Schierholtz gives Washington a veteran left-handed bat off the bench to replace Nate McLouth, sidelined since Aug. 2.

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