NEW YORK -- Corey Brown is hoping this latest stint with the Nationals might last a bit longer than the first two, and that he might accomplish a milestone he hasn't yet.
Still searching for his first big league hit -- the outfielder did record his first career RBI in an earlier stretch this season -- Brown re-joined the Nats on Monday, taking the place of injured shortstop Ian Desmond.
"It's definitely exciting to be able to get called up and be a part of a team that's been doing so well all year. Obviously, they're in first place," Brown said. "It's an honor to be a part of it now. Hopefully, I can be here the whole year and help in some way. If not, I'm sure I can be in the mix at some point. Whenever I get in, I want to just contribute as much as possible."
Brown was not in the starting lineup for the series opener Monday in New York, but figures to get plenty of chances since the Nationals are operating with just four bench players.
He's appeared in six total games over the last two seasons, tallying four plate appearances and six official at-bats. He has struck out four times.
He played in three games from May 28-30 this year against the Marlins, when he recorded his first RBI. He also appeared in three games last season, making his Major League debut on Sept. 6, 2011.
With Triple-A Syracuse this season, Brown was hitting .300 with 21 home runs, 58 RBIs and a .944 OPS. He's also stolen 14 bases in 95 games.
"I just try to be consistent as much as possible," Brown said. "I just think this year I've been more positive and have a lot more confidence, as opposed to last year. ... I just try to build off the good days I've had and not dwell on the bad."