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Nats promote infield prospect Walters to Triple-A

Nats promote infield prospect Walters to Triple-A

Nats promote infield prospect Walters to Triple-A
WASHINGTON -- Infielder Zach Walters is one step closer to the big leagues. On Friday morning, Walters was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, according to a baseball source.

Before the promotion, Walters was hitting a combined .280 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs for Class A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He joined the Nationals' organization in July 2011, in a trade that sent right-hander Jason Marquis to the D-backs.

Washington has been looking for a backup middle infielder since shortstop Ian Desmond went down with an oblique injury last month. It's not known when Desmond will return to action.

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If Walters were promoted to the big leagues, he would spell Danny Espinosa and Steve Lombardozzi at shortstop and second base, respectively.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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