With the minor-league season now complete, the Nationals added one more September call-up, promoting outfielder Corey Brown from Class AAA Syracuse before tonight's game against the Cubs.
Brown, who becomes the 32nd member of the Nationals' active roster, is making his third stint with the big-league club this season. He went 3-for-16 with his first career homer and two RBI during the two previous stints, but he'll have trouble seeing significant action down the stretch for a team in the thick of a pennant race.
"Well, nobody's hurt," manager Davey Johnson said when asked what role he envisioned for Brown. "I've used Edwin Jackson's replacement [Eury Perez, as the club's primary pinch-runner] a few times. I'll probably think of something. But he's a little bit behind [Roger Bernadina] in the pecking order. I might be able to get him an at-bat here or there, or get him in for defense."
Brown, 26, enjoyed a breakthrough season at Syracuse, finishing with a .285 average, 25 homers, 71 RBI and 18 stolen bases. This campaign perhaps helped the outfielder re-establish his place in the organization after a frustrating 2011 following his acquisition from the Athletics in the Josh Willingham trade.
Because of that, Brown plans to just enjoy the experience he'll get over the next month and not worry about how much (or how often) he contributes.
"I've said last year I think I put more pressure on myself, just being part of a trade, and unfortunately it turned out to be not the best season," he said. "Where this year I tried to come in with a clear mind and try to put last year behind me. And it turned out to be probably the best year of my professional career. I'm just trying to build from that and not feel like I have to start over because I'm back up here. Just build off that.
"Hopefully I can still have my calm nerves being up here. That's obviously the tough part, to be able to relax when you're playing in front of this many fans. Hopefully I'll be able to do that."