(Tom Mihalek/AP)

Izturis is familiar with several Nationals, having played with Jayson Werth, Edwin Jackson, Michael Gonzalez and Mark DeRosa at various stops along his 12-year career. They all regard him as an excellent teammate, someone who will fit in well in the Nationals’ loose, tight-knit clubhouse. “I’m glad,” Izturis said. “I feel at home.”

Izturis was surprised at first when he learned the Brewers had let him walk. But that was quickly replaced by the feeling of moving from a team 16 ½ games out of first place to one, as of today, tied for the best record in the majors.

“I mean it’s great,” Izturis said. “It’s great because, bottom line, it’s what you prepare for – being in first place and making the playoffs. To be here, I’m excited.

“Anything they want me to do, I’m available to do it and I’ll be ready every game no matter what inning in the game.”

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