Den Dekker was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Friday. A dismal showing at Triple-A Syracuse (.208/.290/.319) led to den Dekker's removal from the 40-man roster, and he will now be subjected to waivers. The 29-year-old did post an even .800 OPS in 55 games in the big leagues a year ago and may still appeal to a team looking to take a flier.
Den Dekker was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday. Den Dekker joined the Nationals for Saturday's doubleheader with the Marlins as their 26th man, but with only one game on tap for Sunday, he'll have to head back to the minors. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored across Saturday's games.
Den Dekker was called up to serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports. With two games on tap Saturday, the Nats will bring back den Dekker to add depth to the outfield. The 28-year-old has appeared in 17 games for Washington already this season but is just 6-for-31 (.194/.265/.323) at the plate with four RBI and nine strikeouts.
The Nationals optioned den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Den Dekker was sent to Syracuse in order to open up a roster spot for Ben Revere, who was activated from the disabled list after recovering from an oblique injury. Den Dekker hit just .194 in 17 games with the Nationals this season, but he did post an .800 OPS in 55 games with the squad last year, so he has a decent chance to rejoin the big club at some point this summer.
Den Dekker got the start in right field Sunday and went 2-for-8 with a solo shot to lead off the game, his first home run of the season. It was also his first career leadoff home run. With Bryce Harper (mostly) getting the day off, den Dekker stayed in the lineup for the entire 16-inning marathon, switching over to play center field when Michael Taylor was removed in the ninth. Den Dekker's now hitting just .174/.240/.348 on the season in 23 at-bats, but with Taylor also struggling he could see more action in the short term.