Nationals Officially Place Morgan on D.L., Call Up Orr

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, August 28, 2009 | , , , | 0 comments »

The press release:

The Washington Nationals today placed outfielder Nyjer Morgan on the 15-Day Disabled List with a fractured left hand, selected the contract of infielder Pete Orr from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and transferred right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann from the 15- to the 60-Day Disabled List. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Orr was batting .245 with 13 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 50 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 120 International League contests for Syracuse. Orr earned the promotion by hitting .297 with three homers and 17 RBI in 26 August contests for the Chiefs.

The 30 year-old Orr is a career .261 (116-for-444) hitter with 14 doubles, two home runs, 25 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 320 big league games with Washington (2008) and Atlanta (2005-07). He has twice represented Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Orr will wear uniform No. 24 for Washington.

Morgan, 29, injured his left hand while stealing third base on Thursday afternoon at Chicago (NL). Morgan is batting .307 with 42 stolen bases for the season, but since being acquired by Washington on June 30, he hit .351 with nine doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBI and 24 stolen bags. Morgan’s well-chronicled range in center field also stabilized the Nationals’ outfield defense as a whole.

Pete Orr appears for the Nationals in August of 2008.
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