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Leon sprains ankle, Maldonado coming up

May 15, 2012, 3:55 AM EST

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Sandy Leon is helped off the field after injuring his right ankle.

Updated at 11:55 p.m.

What should have been the proudest day of Sandy Leon's baseball career instead turned into a nightmare.

Leon, the 23-year-old catcher making his big-league debut for the Nationals, suffered what appeared to be a serious right leg injury after getting barreled over at the plate by the Padres' Chase Headley in the top of the fourth inning of Monday's game at Nationals Park.

Summoned straight from Class AA Harrisburg after starting catcher Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right leg Saturday night, Leon got his leg caught underneath him as Headley crashed into him on a play at the plate. He remained on the ground for a minute before being helped off the field by assistant trainer Mike McGowan, unable to put any weight on the leg.

The Nationals initially announced the injury as a sprained left ankle, then later amended it to say the sprain was to his right ankle. After the game, manager Davey Johnson described the injury as a high ankleRead more »

  1. SCNatsFan - May 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    My first thought is this sucks for the Nats but it really sucks for Leon

  2. nats-prospects - May 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Looked like the right ankle was everted, which can be just as bad as a knee injury.One of the beat writers tweeted that he hadn't seen Solano in the Syracuse clubhouse in several days, so Maldonado is the more likely candidate. His illness/injury remains a mystery.The most likely sequence of events: Maldonado to WAS, Ivany from HBG to SYR, Seabury from POT to HBG, Palace off POT DL.

  3. DCGuy7 - May 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    oh for f's sake.

  4. Gary - May 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Hey Pudge, put that golf bag down. It's time to Play some ball!!

  5. Kevin - May 15, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Looked a lot like the Buster Posey play. I feel for the kid.

  6. JaneB - May 15, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I feel awful for Leon. And I am trying not to wish ill on Chase Headley. Not succeeding.There needs to be an exorcism or something.

  7. DL in VA - May 15, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Sprain.Whew!But still, I hope Riz has pudge on speed dial.

  8. Mr Baseball - May 15, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Next year lets get in the blue uniforms and not red. Only red trim around blue. Then our luck will change and we won't be the Washington Red Cross. Come on Mark Lerner get your act together.

  9. Joseph - May 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Man I think players will fear being traded to the Nats… what, 12 players on the DL now?

  10. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 15, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Didn't somebody just post in here that Solano is on the DL?

  11. natsfan1a - May 15, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    I was actually relieved that it wasn't worse. Looked horrible when it happened. I thought there might be a break and torn ligaments. Poor kid.I'm with you, Jane. I'll get a live chicken and bring it to the park tomorrow.

  12. Doc - May 15, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    What about Freitas? Doesn't he head for The Burg??

  13. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 15, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Seriously, Theo posted that Solano was on the DL, but he's not listed there, from what I can see.What's the Straight Dope?

  14. NatsLady - May 15, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Mark, thanks for the late report. I feel really bad for Leon, hope he recovers quickly.

  15. peric - May 15, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Apparently, according to Carfardo, the Nats are checking out BoSox catchers.

  16. peric - May 15, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Seriously, Theo posted that Solano was on the DL, but he's not listed there, from what I can see.He's on the 7-day minor league DL and he's listed there by Syracuse.

  17. Molly Herwood - May 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Please be kinder to Carlos Maldonado than you have to your other catchers recently. We'll miss him in Syracuse.

  18. ehay2k - May 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Very sad for Leon. He was so excited to get his MLB first start. I really hope he makes a speedy recovery and also that he gets a second opinion on his injury. For the team, way to grind out a win. I believe Kilgore wrote that Lombardozzi was warming up as catcher? Has he ever done that?





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