Nats Place Austin Kearns on the 15-Day DL
The Nationals selected outfielder Jorge Padilla from Triple-A Syracuse and placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to Aug. 4, with a right thumb contusion.
Padilla’s first appearance with the Nationals will mark his Major League debut. He joins the club after batting .367 (114-for-311) with 18 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 21 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 95 games with Syracuse. An International League All-Star earlier this season, Padilla entered today leading the league in hitting (.367) and on-base percentage (.424). Padilla’s 114 hits are tied for fourth most in the league and he is tied for sixth in the circuit with 58 runs. The 29-year-old was riding a nine-game hitting streak at the time of his promotion, hitting at a .394 (15-for-38) clip with five extra-base hits and two RBI over that period.
In 11 minor league seasons (1999-2009), Padilla has posted a .287 career batting average with 85 home runs and 519 RBI in 1,142 games. He signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on Nov. 27, 2007.
Kearns, 29, has batted .195 with six doubles, two triples, three home runs and 17 RBI in 80 games this season.