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Asdrubal Cabrera activated and in lineup Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Nationals officially added newly acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the active roster Friday, the day after he was acquired via trade from the Indians.

Cabrera has struggled to a .246/.305/.386 line this season, but should be a regular starter in the middle infield for the Nationals down the stretch. He is, in fact, in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies, batting seventh and playing second base. 

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Aaron Barrett sent down to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Nationals optioned pitcher Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse Friday, to clear a spot on the active roster for the acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera.

Barrett has been a solid member of the team's bullpen this season, posting a 3.21 ERA in 33 2/3 innings, with 43 strikeouts and 18 walks overall. 

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Asdrubal Cabrera not destined to help Nationals appreciably
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The two years that have passed since Asdrubal Cabrera was a premier offensive force as a middle infielder and the five years that have gone by since he played second base all but precludes him from making a major positive impact with the Nationals.

Cabrera slipped into mediocrity at the plate after earning his second All-Star Game appearance in 2012 and has stayed there. His plate discipline disappeared in a spate of overaggressiveness, causing his strikeouts to rise to alarming levels. He frustrated the Indians in recent years with his inability to hit in the clutch - he's batting .188 with runners in scoring position and is hitless in 13 at-bats with a runner on third and two outs this season.

More disturbing has been his defensive collapse. Cabrera wowed the Indians early in his career with acrobatic, dependable work at shortstop that overshadowed mediocre range. He is now among the worst middle infielders in the sport with 14 errors that was until recently the most at his position in the American League and arguably the worst range in the league. That problem will not be any less pronounced with a move to second base, where he is expected to spend most of his time in Washington.

Cabrera will be seeking to maximize his value in free agency in the offseason. He will command $10 million a year or more if he somehow reverts to the form that made him an all-star. Too much time has passed for that to be a realistic possibility.

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Gio Gonzalez has another short, disastrous outing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

For the second time in his last three starts, Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was hit hard and was unable to make it past the fourth inning. He dropped to 6-7 on the year Thursday night at home against Philadelphia. The southpaw coughed up five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 3 2/3 innings of a 10-4 defeat.

Gonzalez has not won a decision since July 5 against the Cubs. He owns a 3.88 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 17 starts (97 1/3 innings). He will try to pick up the pieces in his next start on Saturday at home against Seattle.

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Ryan Zimmerman to be shut down two weeks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be shut down for at least two weeks, according to MLB.com. Zimmerman was diagnosed with a Grade 3 hamstring strain and is likely to miss an extended period of time. He was hitting .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to the injury.

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