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Solano likely headed to DL

Jul 18, 2012, 9:42 PM EST

Having already seen four of their catchers miss time due to injuries this season, the Nationals are about to add a fifth name to the list.

Jhonatan Solano will likely be placed on the disabled list following tonight's game with a strained oblique muscle, manager Davey Johnson said today.

Solano has been dealing with the injury since he last played, Sunday in Miami. Jesus Flores is in the Nationals' lineup tonight for the third straight day, and with a 12:35 p.m. start scheduled tomorrow, the club is going to need a healthy backup catcher to give Flores a break.

That catcher is expected to be Sandy Leon, who joined the Nationals May 14 after Opening Day starter Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee but then suffered a high ankle sprain four innings into his major-league debut. Leon has since recovered and is currently hitting .313 at Class AA Harrisburg.

Solano's injury is a tough blow for the 26-year-old rookie, who hasRead more »

  1. MicheleS - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Hope the Onion heals and is back in September. JFlo, stop beating yourself up. We are in 1st place and have the best staff in MLB. A lot of the credit for that goes to you.

  2. Frediemac - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Didn't stop him from getting a hit and scoring last night. Baseball players are so frikcing brittle.

  3. Frediemac - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM


  4. NatsFanSinceStart - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    What is with all of these oblique strains and pulls? I've seen so many by a factor of 10.

  5. ehay2k - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Prefer players with oblique strains to the strain some obtuse erstwhile players put on me!

  6. natsfan1a - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Bummer for the Onion. We're tough on catchers up here, eh? Take care and hope to see you again.

  7. Sec.3, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Did they say which oblique muscle?

  8. realdealnats - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I love the message of patience and understanding Davey so often conveys to his players who are simply trying too hard. And the way he punctuates these messages in his post game comments with a refreshing honesty and directness that lets everyone know he's watching closely too. He makes is all seem so easy on the surface, but underneath is always the masterful directorial hand at work: soothing, cajoling, protecting, instructing, challenging. As much as anyone on the team, he has made this year the miracle it has been. Kinda like going to heaven on a swing…

  9. phil dunton - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Desmond is likely right behind Solano.

  10. mick - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    whatever… he s the only catcher that can hit

  11. peric - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Did they say which oblique muscle?Its why we saw Leon instead of Solano earlier … he was having problems way back then and was on the Syracuse DL. It won't go away until it getscomplete rest away from playing.

  12. SonnyG10 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Oh, yeah, I remember Solano was on the DL earlier. I like that Leon gets another shot, but hate to lose Solano to do so.

  13. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Seriously, does anyone know which oblique muscle Solano hurt? His abdomen, or one of his sides? Enquiring minds, an' a' that…





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