Shortly after Washington defeated the New York Mets on Wednesday night, during the post-game press conference, Davey Johnson revealed that the team plans to place catcher Carlos Maldonado on the disabled list. Maldonado has not appeared in a game since May 29th due to back spasms.
Maldonado was forced into backup duty for the Nationals after the team suffered a series of injuries to their catching core in mid-May. He has appeared in just four games in the three weeks he’s been with the team, going 0 for 9 with an RBI. Given the fact that Washington is currently carrying three catchers, the 33 year old Maldonado was already a possible candidate to lose his spot on the roster as some players start coming off the DL in the coming weeks. Given Jhonatan Solano‘s presence on the roster, Maldonado serves little purpose. At this point, it seems more prudent to give Solano the albeit limited at bats (expect Jesus Flores to continue playing nearly everyday) at this point in his development.
Johnson added during his talk with the team’s beat reporters, including Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, that Tyler Moore would be recalled to fill the open spot on the roster. Moore, who had been sent down just last week, was 9 for 21 with 2 HR in 5 games since returning to the minor leagues.