Considering the rash of injuries that have already depleted the team’s catching depth, the Nationals made a pair of roster moves after Monday’s game against the Marlins to give them some added protection in light of Jesus Flores‘ strained hamstring. Flores suffered the injury during Sunday’s game at Atlanta and subsequently sat out of Monday’s game. The team seems confident he won’t miss much time but wanted to be protected just in case.
As such, Jhonatan Solano has been called up from Triple-A Syracuse and could be in the lineup Tuesday considering the lack of production that Carlos Maldonado has provided thus far in the backup catcher role. Solano will be making his MLB Debut whenever he does appear in Washington’s lineup.
Solano had only appeared in 13 games on the season while dealing with a mild back injury. In 57 plate appearances he’s hitting .250/.298/.288 with just two RBI. He will be the 5th catcher used by the Nationals this season.
To make room for Solano, first baseman/left fielder Tyler Moore was optioned back to Triple-A. He had gotten off to a strong start to the season, hitting 7 HR at Syracuse before being called up at the end of April due to injuries on the Major League roster. Moore was used sparingly with Washington however, appearing in only 12 games and receiving a mere 19 at bats. With Syracuse he’ll return to playing everyday but it won’t be a surprise to see Moore back in Washington before the season concludes.