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Nationals option Brian Bixler to minors

AnthonyMoujaes • Jul 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Perkins graduate and Washington Nationals infiedler Brian Bixler was optioned Sunday night to the minors.

The Nationals are expected to call up utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. Monday and activated him from the disabled list before they play the Astros at Minute Maid Park, according to MLB.com.

Hairston was on the disabled list since July 1 (fractured right wrist). With Hairston arriving, the Nationals moved Bixler to Triple-A Syracuse following Sunday's game.

Bixler was 9-for-46 (.196) with one RBI, four stolen bases and four walks in 45 games this season.

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