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Nats call up Orr, Shell from Triple-A

Nats call up Orr, Shell from Triple-A

WASHINGTON -- Following their 13-3 loss to the Rangers, the Nationals selected the contracts of infielder Pete Orr and right-hander Steven Shell from Triple-A Columbus, and optioned pitchers Garrett Mock and Brian Sanches to Columbus.

Orr will be a backup infielder, who will get occasional starts. Entering Saturday's action, he was hitting .267 with two home runs and 30 RBIs for Columbus.

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Orr was one of the last cuts in Spring Training after hitting .395 with a homer and four RBIs.

Orr has spent most of his career with the Braves and helped them reach the playoffs in 2005.

Shell, 25, went 3-2 with one save and a 2.62 ERA in 22 games (four starts) for Columbus. He also recorded 54 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. He went 2-1 with one save and a 1.73 ERA in 18 relief outings, compared to 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in four starts. Shell's first appearance with the Nationals will mark his Major League debut.

Mock, 25, made two starts with the Nationals, going 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA. Sanches, 29, was 2-0 with a 7.36 ERA in 12 relief appearances with Washington.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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