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Trea Turner activated by Nats, who put Anibal Sanchez on the IL

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) is out at second as Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) throws to first to get out Anthony Rizzo for a double play during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ORG XMIT: NAT105 (Nick Wass / AP)
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) is out at second as Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) throws to first to get out Anthony Rizzo for a double play during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ORG XMIT: NAT105 (Nick Wass / AP)
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WASHINGTON – Shortstop Trea Turner has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals, who placed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the IL a day after he strained his left hamstring.

The 25-year-old Turner missed 38 games with a broken right index figure sustained April 2 against Philadelphia. He hit .357 with a double and two homers through the first four games of the season.

“It was real nice to write his name in the lineup,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez before prior to Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Sanchez (0-6, 5.10) was removed in the second inning of Thursday’s start against the New York Mets with the hamstring strain. Martinez said the 35-year-old right-hander was walking without pain Friday.

Washington also optioned infielder Wilmer Difo to Triple-A Fresno and recalled right-hander Kyle McGowin from Fresno.

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