Nationals Place Rodriguez on DL

Posted by Dave Nichols | Monday, May 24, 2010 | , , | 0 comments »

The Washington Nationals today placed catcher Ivan Rodriguez on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to May 23, with a lower back strain. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rodriguez did not travel with the team on its nine-game west coast road trip.

There was no corresponding move announced at the time.  Currently, the Nats have just one catcher, Wil Nieves, on the active roster.  Michael Morse has been identified as the most likely backup unless the team selects someone from the minors to add to the roster.

Chris Coste, who the Nats claimed on waivers during spring training, had elbow reconstruction last week and is out for the season.

Minor league candidates for recall include Carlos Maldonado (21 major league games), Devin Ivany or Jhonathan Solano.  Any of the three would have to be added to the 40-man roster to be activated.

Rodriguez, 38, is hitting .325 (40-for-123) with nine doubles, one triple, one home run, 16 RBI and two stolen bases in 35 games for the Nationals this season. Rodriguez is batting .371 (13-for-35) with runners in scoring position.