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The Nationals called up outfielder Nate Schierholtz from Class AAA Syracuse and optioned outfielder Michael A. Taylor to Syracuse on Saturday.

The Nationals signed Schierholtz to a minor league contract earlier this week to replace Nate McLouth as their primary left-handed pinch hitter after McLouth underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. The Cubs designated Schierholtz for assignment in early August after he hit .192 this season. Schierholtz is a solid, speedy outfielder with an impressive .289 average as a pinch hitter.

Taylor could rejoin the Nationals in a week as a September call-up.

In four games at Syracuse, Schierholtz went 3 for 19.