Nationals designate Matt Stairs for assignment

In order to make room for recently acquired Jonny Gomes on the 25-man roster, the Nationals designated 43-year-old pinch hitter Matt Stairs for assignment.

Stairs went 10 for 65 with a double, nine walks, two RBI and 23 strikeouts in 74 plate appearances, good for a .154/.257/.169 slash line and a 22 OPS+. The Nationals signed Stairs to a minor league deal in the offseason and used him almost exclusively as a pinch-hitter, starting Stairs in just eight games.

Gomes, acquired yesterday from the Cincinnati Reds for minor leaguers Bill Rhinehart and Chris Manno, will be available tonight for the Nationals.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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