Holt is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mets. He had started four straight games prior to this benching. Josh Harrison draws the start at third base and will bat fifth.
Holt will start at third base and will bat fifth Wednesday against the Phillies. With Carter Kieboom (wrist) moving to the injured list Wednesday and with the Nationals having seemingly soured on the struggling Eric Thames, the versatile Holt looks like he'll get the chance to be a near-everyday player for Washington the rest of the season. He started the previous three contests, going a collective 3-for-11 with a double, a stolen base, two RBI and a run.
Holt went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Monday's victory over the Phillies. Holt tacked on an insurance run for his squad in the seventh inning on a single to left field, extending Washington's lead to four. The utility man has started to find his groove in Washington since joining the club in late August and is now 14-for-44 with four doubles, three RBI and six runs scored in his last 14 games, a vast improvement from his .100/.222/.100 slash line through the first 16 games of the season with Milwaukee.
Holt (personal) was activated from the paternity list Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. The Nationals have a day off Thursday, but Holt should be available for the team's season opener in Miami on Friday. The 32-year-old started in seven of the last eight games prior to his placement on the paternity list, hitting .429 with four doubles, five runs and two RBI during that time.
Holt landed on the paternity list Monday, Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports. Players typically miss around three days on the paternity list, which would mean Holt should be back by Friday's game against the Marlins, as the Nationals have an off day Thursday. Pandemic-related protocols could delay that slightly, however. Jake Noll was recalled to fill his bench spot.
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