Nats promote Robinson to Major League camp

Injuries to Werth, McLouth open slot for outfielder

Nats promote Robinson to Major League camp

VIERA, Fla. -- With several outfielders still rehabbing injuries, the Nationals have promoted outfielder Derrick Robinson from Minor League camp to Major League camp. He played in the Nationals' first two Spring Training games, going 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Robinson can fill in a spot in the outfield while Jayson Werth and Nate McLouth continue to rehab shoulder injuries and Michael Taylor bounces back from some neck stiffness.

Manager Matt Williams said on Saturday that he expected Taylor to make his spring debut during Saturday's game against the Cardinals as a designated hitter. Taylor had been shut down for a few days to deal with the neck pain. If all goes well with his throwing program, he should make his first appearance in the outfield on Sunday against the Yankees.

Williams is still unsure when McLouth will play in his first game, even though he had his surgery in August. McLouth has been on a slow throwing program, which Williams likened to a pitcher's slow process for rebuilding his arm.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.