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Sleepy Maldonado ready to help out

May 15, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

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Carlos Maldonado was summoned late last night from Class AAA Syracuse.

Bleary-eyed and with most of his possessions at his apartment in Syracuse, Carlos Maldonado sat inside the Nationals' clubhouse this morning, an attendant helping him adjust his new, red shin guards to make sure they properly fit.

The 33-year-old had caught nine innings yesterday afternoon in Syracuse, then joined his teammates on a nine-hour bus ride to Columbus, Ohio. About halfway through the trip, he got word he was being summoned to Washington after rookie Sandy Leon had suffered a serious ankle injury in his big-league debut. But a traffic jam prevented the Chiefs' bus from arriving until 2 a.m. Maldonado's flight to Washington departed at 5:30 a.m. Upon landing, he came straight to Nationals Park to make sure he'd be in uniform and available to serve as the backup catcher for today's series finale against the Padres.

So, how much sleep did Maldonado get?

"Not much," he said. "But it's worth it."

This isn't Maldonado's first rodeo in the big leagues. He's played in 25 total games with the Pirates (2006-07) and Nationals (2010) but hadRead more »

  1. Morrie - May 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I thought Triple A players traveled by plane, did not know they still took 9-hour bus rides.

  2. Doc - May 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Solano has been on the DL for the past month or so.It has been discribed as an 'illness'. Anyone know anything more about it?

  3. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Sounds like a good nickname: "Sleepy" Maldonado.

  4. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    It's a big difference between the Majors and Not-The-Majors, Morrie.

  5. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    So, who IS catching for Syracuse now?

  6. SCNatsFan - May 15, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Wouldn't be surprised at all to see Lannan traded for a catcher even if it just for depth in the minors

  7. JaneB - May 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    But SC, that would require that someone wants Lannan more than we will in late August when Stras gets shut down.

  8. Doc - May 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    So far in this game (top of the 2nd), these guys remind me of the old Nats.

  9. SCNatsFan - May 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    JaneB I see what you are saying but I don't think we can afford another give away at bat when we use our #2 receiver.

  10. peric - May 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    SCNatsFan they are checking out BoSox catching. Albeit Boston now has OF help after trading with the Cubs.





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