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Nats bring Zimmerman, Lobaton off DL; option Cole, Severino

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ATLANTA — The Washington Nationals have reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Jose Lobaton from the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman is starting in Saturday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Right-hander A.J. Cole and catcher Pedro Severino were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

Zimmerman has been out since Aug. 1 with a bruised left wrist. Lobaton has been out since July 20 with left elbow tendinitis.

Nationals extend general manager Mike Rizzo through 2018

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals picked up the contract option for Mike Rizzo that keeps the president of baseball operations and general manager with the organization through the 2018 season.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Nationals exercised the option before the June 15 deadline.

Rizzo joined the organization in 2007 and was named GM in 2010, the same year he selected Bryce Harper No. 1 overall in the first-year player draft. Washington won the NL East in 2012 and 2014.

“We are pleased with the job Mike has done over the past nine years,” Nationals owner Theodore Lerner said in a statement released Saturday. “He and the baseball operations team have worked tirelessly to help build this organization into one of Major League Baseball’s elite clubs. We are fortunate to have him.”

Rizzo was promoted to president of baseball operations during the 2013 season.

“I am honored by the Lerner family’s continued faith and confidence in me and am thrilled to be remaining with the Washington Nationals organization,” said Rizzo. “While I am proud of the work we have accomplished, we still must achieve the ultimate goal of bringing a World Series Championship back to Washington.”

Paul Goldschmidt activated from paternity leave list

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 12:  Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up on deck during the first inning of the MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field on August 12, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 7-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Diamondbacks have activated first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the paternity leave list. He’s slated to return to the starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs.

Goldschmidt missed two games this week to be wife his wife, Amy, for the birth of their first child. Fortunately, all went well with wife and baby.

Goldschmidt, 27, is batting .322/.437/.563 with 27 home runs, 97 RBI, and 21 stolen bases over 133 games this season. He’s likely the biggest challenger to Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the National League MVP Award.