Nationals select 1B Greg Dobbs, option C Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse

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by Amanda Comak

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of first baseman Gregg Dobbs on Friday afternoon and optioned catcher Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse. Additionally, the Nationals recalled outfielder Eury Perez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed him on the 60-day Disabled List with a left toe fracture.

Miami Marlins v Philadelphia PhilliesThe left-handed hitting Dobbs is a career .262 hitter with 105 doubles, 46 home runs and 272 RBI in 938 games spanning 11 seasons with the Marlins, Phillies and Mariners. His addition brings another layer of depth to the Nationals’ bench.

While best known for his proficiency off the bench, Dobbs, a right-handed thrower, also has experience at third base and in the outfield. But it’s his services in a pinch that truly stand out. The 35-year-old is a career .247 pinch hitter and his 96 pinch hits are tied for 12th all-time.

Dobbs leads all active players in: pinch hits (Reed Johnson ranks second with 67), pinch RBI (75, Seth Smith ranks second with 41) and pinch walks (33, Jason Giambi ranks second with 31).

His 10 career pinch-hit home runs rank third among active players behind only teammate Scott Hairston (12) and Giambi (11).

Dobbs, who signed with the Nationals as a Minor League free agent on May 12, played in 15 games for the Marlins earlier this season, going 1-for-13.

Leon, 25, hit .182 with a homer (April 14 at Miami; first in his MLB career) and three RBI in 13 games for Washington. When starting behind the plate, the Nationals went 7-5 (.583).

Perez was hitting .228 in 24 games with Syracuse.

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