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Nationals place Trea Turner on the disabled list

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The Washington Nationals have placed shortstop Trea Turner on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with a right hamstring strain.

The hamstring strain is apparently not very serious, but the Dusty Baker said the switch to a 10-day disabled list from the 15-day made the decision easier. I suspect that the new, shorter DL will cause a lot of clubs to pull the trigger on DL stints when they may not have in the past.

In the meantime, Stephen Drew will fill in at shortstop. The Nats have called up Michael Taylor to take Turner’s place on the roster.

Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

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The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.

Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.

Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.