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Matt den Dekker | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 209
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.
The move clears a roster spot for Jayson Werth, who officially returned from the disabled list on Tuesday. Jul 28 - 5:07 PM

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Matt den Dekker slugged a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Phillies.

It was his first home run as a member of the Nationals. Den Dekker, who was acquired from the Mets in the spring, was making the start in right field as Bryce Harper missed his second straight game with cramping in his right leg.
Jun 26 - 10:08 PM

Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

The 27-year-old is a .236/.322/.307 career hitter at the major league level. He'll serve as bench depth.
Jun 11 - 3:07 PM

Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

Den Dekker was up as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader but didn't play. He returns to a .230/.299/.289 line at Syracuse.
Jun 3 - 2:03 PM

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.
Jun 2 - 3:51 PM

Matt den Dekker is in Washington, D.C. in case he's needed for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

He could be insurance if Denard Span (knee) is unable to play. The 27-year-old outfielder appeared in four games with the National earlier this season and owns a .230/.299/.289 batting line with Triple-A Syracuse.
Jun 2 - 2:21 PM

Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

The move comes with the return of Jayson Werth. den Dekker, who was acquired from the Mets on March 30, saw just two at-bats in his short time on the Nationals' active roster. He's not much more than a fifth outfielder, but if the Nationals find themselves with depth issues in the future, he could see another call-up.
Apr 13 - 10:31 AM

Nationals acquired OF Matt den Dekker from the Mets for LHP Jerry Blevins.

It's a rare in-division trade, but the deal solves a need for both clubs. The 27-year-old den Dekker wasn't going to make the Mets' Opening Day roster and profiles as a fifth outfielder-type, but he's capable of playing all three outfield positions, which is useful for the Nationals given the status of Denard Span, Jayson Werth, and Nate McLouth.
Mar 30 - 3:55 PM

Matt den Dekker tripled, doubled and walked in his three plate appearances Monday against the Marlins.

The 27-year-old den Dekker got his shot last year and didn't really capitalize after being installed as the Mets' primary left fielder, hitting .250/.345/.322 with no homers in 152 at-bats. He was kept around over the winter anyway, but he's not in the team's plans following the Michael Cuddyer signing. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr. are expected to serve as the Mets' reserve outfielders.
Mar 9 - 5:25 PM

Matt den Dekker (hand) is back in Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

Den Dekker hasn't started since last Tuesday due to a bruised left hand. He'll bat eighth and play left field in his return Monday.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 05:29:00 PM

Matt den Dekker (hand) reached base on an infield single Sunday as a pinch-hitter.

Den Dekker had been sidelined for a week with a bruised left hand. He may be able to return to the starting lineup in Monday night's series opener against Miami.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 04:13:00 AM

Matt den Dekker (hand) could return to the lineup as soon as Monday.

Den Dekker hasn't played since Tuesday due to a bruised left hand, but he's feeling much better. "It's coming along," den Dekker said. "The X-rays were negative. I think it's fine." Eric Young, Jr. is in left field Sunday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Matt den Dekker still feels soreness in his left hand.

X-rays came back negative after den Dekker was hit in the hand by a pitch on Tuesday, but he's not ready to play yet. Eric Young, Jr. will start in left field for the second straight day Thursday and hit leadoff against Tanner Roark.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 04:30:00 PM

Matt den Dekker (hand) is not in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

X-rays on den Dekker's left hand came back negative, but his hand is still swollen. Eric Young, Jr. is getting the start in left field Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 03:29:00 PM

X-rays on Matt den Dekker's left hand came back negative.

Den Dekker doubled and scored in the game before exiting following the plunking in the seventh. Consider him day-to-day.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:28:00 PM

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