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Nationals Claim Shortstop Cesar Izturis Off Waivers From Brewers



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    ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 4: Cesar Izturis #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers fields a ground ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 4, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Paul Nordmann/Getty Images)

    The Washington Nationals have acquired shortstop Cesar Izturis from the Milwaukee Brewers on a waiver claim.

    Izturis was batting .235 with two home runs and 11 RBIs through 57 games with the Brewers this season. He has been a light hitter throughout his 12-year career (he is only a career .255 hitter with 17 home runs in 1,242 games), but he provides the Nationals with more infield depth and a veteran presence while Ian Desmond recovers from an oblique injury.

    Izturis is a solid defensive player, having earned a Gold Glove in 2004 to go along with the second-highest zone rating among all active shortshtops (.851).

    The Nationals will be Izturis' sixth team; he has also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Brewers.

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