By Ben Sullivan
The Nats have reinstated outfielder Juan Soto from the 10-day injured list, but last year’s NL batting champion will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for now.
Washington also reinstated right-handed reliever Will Harris from the IL, optioned right-hander Kyle McGowin to Triple-A Rochester and designated utilityman Hernan Perez for assignment.
Soto is hitting .300 with two homers and eight RBIs in 14 games. He batted an NL-best .351 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
He has been on the shelf since April 20 with a strained left shoulder.
He may be the designated hitter during this weekend’s interleague series at the New York Yankees.