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The Nationals put SS prospect CJ Abrams on the IL list, bringing in Javier Garcia instead

The Washington Nationals recalled C.J. Abrams from Triple-A Rochester on Monday and placed Luis García on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain. General Manager Mike Rizzo announced the mo

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DC (Associated Press) — Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson called up shortstop prospect C.J. Abrams from Triple-A Rochester on Monday after placing shortstop Luis Garca on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain.

Manager of the team, Mike Rizzo, made the changes public. The effective date of Garca’s decision is Saturday.

Abrams, 21 years old, is one of five prospects acquired from the San Diego Padres on August 2 in exchange for Juan Soto and Josh Bell. Baseball America has him pegged as the eleventh best prospect in all of baseball and the top prospect for Washington Nationals.

Abrams was scheduled to make his Nationals debut Monday night against the Cubs, batting seventh. He would have been the first of Washington’s newly acquired prospects to make an appearance. For the Nationals, he’ll be playing alongside veteran first baseman Luke Voit, who was also acquired in the deal.

In the beginning of the season, Abrams played for San Diego instead of Fernando Tatis Jr. He had a rough start and was sent to Triple-A El Paso in May, but after being traded back to the Padres in June, he hit.271 in 26 games. In a total of 46 games with San Diego, he hit.232 (5-for-16) with 11 runs batted in and two home runs.

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After the trade, Abrams played in eight games for Rochester, where he hit.290 (9-for-31) with two doubles, two RBIs, and four steals.

San Diego chose Abrams, a senior at Atlanta’s Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, sixth overall in the 2019 amateur draft. Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com ranked the 6-foot-2, 189-pound Abrams as baseball’s No. 9 prospect heading into the 2018 season.

In 60 games this season for the Nationals, 22-year-old Garca hit.289 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and 25 RBIs.

When Garca returns from the disabled list, manager Dave Martinez said he’ll play second base with shortstop Alex Abrams.

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