MIAMI (AP) _ The Washington Nationals optioned outfielder Marlon Byrd to Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday, replacing him on the roster with outfielder Matt Cepicky.

Byrd hit .243 with 16 RBIs in 51 games with the Nationals, and was mired in a 6-for-42 slump in July. He had gotten just seven at-bats in the past two weeks with Washington, which acquired him in a trade with Philadelphia on May 14.

Cepicky hit .278 in seven games earlier this season with Washington. In 96 games with New Orleans this year, Cepicky hit .272 with 14 home runs and 66 RBIs.