Kearns activated from DL

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Washington Nationals activated right
fielder Austin Kearns from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and
optioned infielder-outfielder Kory Casto to Triple-A Columbus.

Kearns, 28, was placed on the disabled list on May 22 with elbow
problems and had arthroscopic surgery the next day to remove loose
particles. He was batting .187 when he went on the disabled list,
but he hit .412 with a double, triple, home run and seven RBI
during a seven-game rehab assignment with Columbus.

The native of Lexington, Ky., located about 90 miles south of
Cincinnati, was in Washington's starting lineup for Thursday's game
against the Reds.

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