Juan Soto is back for the Nats. But for the moment, he’s their high-caliber pinch hitter.

Soto, 22, was removed from the list of injured on Tuesday afternoon. He spent 15 days there with a strained left shoulder. His swings are painless, he says, and he’s thrown at 120 feet for a long time. But he hasn’t thrown to bases, a step he can’t skip before returning to right field. At the next two meetings with the Braves, it is likely that Yadiel Hernández or Andrew Stevenson will start in Soto’s place. Then Soto can be included in the line-up as a designated batsman at Yankee Stadium this weekend.