Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo.
The move clears the way for Dioner Navarro's return. Thole is hitting .269 (7-for-26) with two doubles and two RBI over nine games this season, mostly as a caddy for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. He figures to be back before long.
Denard Span (knee) will run on an anti-gravity treadmill before the Nationals decide whether he can play in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
Span left Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his right knee and was on the bench for game one of the doubleheader. He's dealing with some swelling, so the Nationals might not push it.
Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.
He'll serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader, effectively giving the Nats some insurance with Denard Span's knee. The 27-year-old den Dekker had a brief stint with the big club earlier this year and was hitting .230/.299/.289 in Triple-A.
Ian Kinsler will bat fifth Tuesday against the Athletics.
Kinsler has made 50 starts out of the No. 2 spot this season and one out of the leadoff spot, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has decided to shake things up against Kendall Graveman. Jose Iglesias will move into the second spot while J.D. Martinez will bat sixth.
Jordan Zimmermann spun eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Zimmermann ran into a bit of trouble in the seventh by loading the bases, but he was able to induce a key double play grounder to get out of the jam. Otherwise, he cruised, scattering six hits to go with one walk and four strikeouts. Zimmermann has allowed just six runs combined over his last six starts, lowering his ERA from 4.88 to 2.88 in the process. He lines up for a start against the Cubs this weekend.
R.A. Dickey allowed two runs over seven innings and took the loss in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
Both runs scored in the fifth inning. Dickey gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out six batters, so he did fine, but Jordan Zimmermann was a little bit better. This was his first quality start since May 4. He'll bring a 5.53 ERA into a start against the Astros this weekend at home.
Drew Storen tossed a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays for his NL-leading 17th save of the season.
The Nationals were rained out Monday and carried a three-game losing streak into Tuesday's action, so this was his first appearance since last Wednesday. Storen has been sensational so far this season, putting up a 0.81 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 28/3 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.
Bryce Harper had an RBI single, a walk, and a stolen base Tuesday as the Nationals took the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
Harper appeared uncomfortable against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in his first two at-bats, but he managed to break through with a single in the fifth to put the Nationals on the board. The stolen base was his third of the season. Harper leads the NL with 18 home runs and is tied with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the RBI lead at 44.