The Washington Nationals placed veteran catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on the 15-day D.L. with a right oblique strain and recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse.
From the team's press release:
Flores, 26, joins the Nationals after batting .234 (49-for-209) with 15 doubles, five homers and 30 RBI in 56 International League contests with Syracuse. Eight of Flores’ 20 extra-base hits this season have come in a 20-game stretch beginning June 8.
Flores returns for a second stint with Washington this season. He went 1-for-2 for the Nationals during a nine-day stint with the club in April. Flores is a career .260 (150-for-576) hitter with 30 doubles, 16 home runs and 99 RBI in 200 games with Washington spanning portions of four campaigns (2007-09, ’11).
The 39 year-old Rodriguez is currently batting .214 (25-for-117) with seven doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI in 39 games with the Nationals. Washington will especially miss Rodriguez’s game-calling expertise and throwing arm, as he has thrown out 10 of 22 would-be basestealers (45%) this season.
Fan-favorite Flores had been hitting better recently with the Chiefs, but a 3-for-26 skid in his last seven games has knocked his season numbers back down. Flores will probably receive limited playing time while with the Nats unless Rodriguez misses more time than expected. Outfielder Rick Ankiel recently missed three weeks with a similar injury.