The Washington Nationals traded Anderson Hernandez back to the New York Mets in exchange for Single-A 2B Greg Veloz.

Veloz, who will report to Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League, is a career .249 hitter with 77 doubles, 19 home runs, 145 RBI and 108 stolen bases in three-plus professional seasons. In his three complete pro campaigns, Veloz has averaged 30 stolen bases. He entered the season rated among the Mets’ top 25 prospects as listed in Baseball America’s 2009 Prospect Handbook.

To take Hernandez' roster spot, the team recalled RHRP Saul Rivera.

Rivera, 31, rejoins the Nationals after going 2-5 with seven holds, two saves and a 3.55 ERA (18 ER/45.2 IP) in 30 appearanes with Syracuse. A member of the Nationals’ Opening Day roster, Rivera went 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA (11 ER/11.2 IP) in 10 appearances with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on April 20.

And now, the lineups.

FLORIDA MARLINS (55-52, 2nd in NL East--six games back; two-game losing streak)

Coghlan – LF
Johnson – 1B
Ramirez – SS
Cantu – 3B
Uggla – 2B
Baker – C
Ross – CF
Hermida – RF
Volstad – P

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (36-72, 5th in NL East-25.5 games back; four-game win streak)

Morgan – CF
Belliard – 2B
Zimmerman – 3B
Dunn – 1B
Willingham – LF
Dukes – RF
Bard – C
Gonzalez – SS
Stammen – P


WAS: Craig Stammen (81.2 IP, 3-6, 4.96 ERA, 35 K, 15 BB)
FLA: Chris Volstad (132.1 IP, 8-9, 4.35 ERA, 91 K, 39 BB)


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