Nationals agree to one-year contract with Mark DeRosa

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Mark DeRosa will try to get his career back on track in Washington.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals, who plan to use him as a bench player.

DeRosa just completed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants during which he played just 73 of a possible 324 games because of wrist problems and hit just .235 with a .593 OPS.

General manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson have repeatedly stressed the importance of having veterans on the bench as the Nationals try to become contenders, but DeRosa is 36 years old and had his last healthy, productive season in 2008. He’s certainly worth a low-risk flier, but expectations should be pretty modest.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.