DENVER -- After missing 50 games with a left oblique strain, Mark DeRosa was reinstated by the Nationals on Monday. To make room, outfielder Xavier Nady was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right wrist, retroactive to June 24. DeRosa went on the 15-day disabled list April 28 after just 13 games. In that time, he was 3-for-37 from the plate (.081) with two RBIs and appeared defensively at the corner spots in the infield, as well as some outfield.
DeRosa also mourned the death of his father, Jack, who died June 12 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
"It feels good to be back," he said. "I've got to get back in the flow of playing everyday, it's been a whirlwind the last seven weeks." At 37, DeRosa realizes he's no longer the same guy that played 149 games in consecutive seasons in 2007 and '08, when he hit .293 and .285, respectively. But he's been a part of 10 separate postseason clubs, so even if he's not starting every day, DeRosa can still play the role of elder clubhouse statesman. "I think that was the biggest reason I was brought in here, to be honest with you -- get some timely hits off the bench, give some guys a breather, help some of the younger guys develop as players," DeRosa said. "I get a big kick out of watching guys like Danny [Espinosa], Ian [Desmond] come into their own. If I can be a sounding board for them, then I want to be it, because there were guys before me whose brain I picked." Nady was hitting .157 with six RBIs and three homers in 40 games. Washington manger Davey Johnson called the move a "no-brainer." "Xavier has been having treatment on and off for a month, maybe since the start of the season," Johnson said. "He's got swelling in his right wrist, a shot to the area could heal it but it could only get worse by him playing. It made sense to get everybody healthy."