Knowing a backup catcher would be needed before this afternoon’s series finale against the Reds, the Washington Nationals will reportedly recall catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. The full extent of Wilson Ramos‘ injury from last night’s game is still unknown at this point in time.
Harrisburg is playing in Akron, Ohio this weekend, according to Amanda Comak of The Washington Times, which makes getting Leon to Cincinnati in time for the 1:1o PM EST start much easier than trying to get one of the team’s catchers from Syracuse there on time. Through 26 games (98 plate appearances) on the season the switch hitter is batting .311/.351/.444 with a home run and 11 RBI. He’s known primarily as a defensively sound catcher – having earned rave reviews for his footwork, anticipation, and throwing arm – and is considered one of the organization’s better prospects (#24 according to Baseball America).
The Nationals had an opening on their 40-man roster, so no move was necessary there. A move will need to be made prior to the start of today’s game to make room on the 25-man roster.