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Nats expect few early September callups

MIAMI -- While there are plenty of players the Nationals could call up once the active rosters expand to 40 on Saturday, manager Davey Johnson foresees only a few joining the team immediately.

Johnson said the Nationals will activate injured utility man Mark DeRosa on Saturday, promote a third catcher to free up another bat off the bench and maybe add a player to use as a pinch-runner.

"Those are really the only three critical ones when we expand rosters," Johnson said. "Those three for sure right away."

DeRosa has been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a left abdominal strain, although he has remained with the team. The Nats have two main options at catcher to back up Kurt Suzuki and Jesus Flores: Sandy Leon and Jhonathan Solano. Leon is with Triple-A Syracuse, while Solano (left oblique strain) is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg.

Johnson did not mention injured pitchers Henry Rodriguez (lower back strain) or Chien-Ming Wang (hip strain) when discussing players who will join the club immediately after the rosters are expanded.

MIAMI -- While there are plenty of players the Nationals could call up once the active rosters expand to 40 on Saturday, manager Davey Johnson foresees only a few joining the team immediately.

Johnson said the Nationals will activate injured utility man Mark DeRosa on Saturday, promote a third catcher to free up another bat off the bench and maybe add a player to use as a pinch-runner.

"Those are really the only three critical ones when we expand rosters," Johnson said. "Those three for sure right away."

DeRosa has been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a left abdominal strain, although he has remained with the team. The Nats have two main options at catcher to back up Kurt Suzuki and Jesus Flores: Sandy Leon and Jhonathan Solano. Leon is with Triple-A Syracuse, while Solano (left oblique strain) is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg.

Johnson did not mention injured pitchers Henry Rodriguez (lower back strain) or Chien-Ming Wang (hip strain) when discussing players who will join the club immediately after the rosters are expanded.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.