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Ramos goes on paternity leave, Leon recalled

Aug 5, 2014, 2:02 PM EST

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The Nationals placed Wilson Ramos on the paternity leave list and recalled fellow catcher Sandy Leon from Class AAA Syracuse to take a roster spot after Ramos’ wife gave birth to the couple’s first child.

Ramos’ wife, Yeli, gave birth Tuesday morning to a baby girl in the Washington area. Her husband left Nationals Park following last night’s 7-3 loss to the Orioles receiving handshakes and well-wishes from teammates and others before heading home to join his family.

MLB’s paternity leave list allows players to take up to three days off for the birth of their children and allows clubs to add a replacement player on the big-league roster during that time.

Ramos, who is hitting .290 with a .340 on-base percentage, three homers and 25 RBI in 49 games, is expected to miss the Nationals’ entire 3-game series against the Mets but return Friday for the start of a weekend series in Atlanta.

Leon rejoins the Nationals for the third time this season, having been called up twice previously when Ramos, 26, was placed on the disabled list. The 25-year-old was hitting .212 in 34 games at Syracuse.

  1. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Leon had such a promising start in winter ball but hasn’t hit a lick since. You see Nieto hitting .260 for the ChiSox and fear we let the wrong guy go.

  2. Drew - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Congrats to team Ramos and best wishes.

  3. unkyd59 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Nats claim Matt Thornton from Yankees on waivers?! Lefty reliever….

  4. Drew - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Thornton has been good, according to MLBTR, with a 2.55 ERA and 7.3 Ks per 9, to 2.2 walks.

    It’s revocable waivers. Nats have 2 days to work out a deal.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      MLBTR reporting that Nats have actually acquired Mr. Thornton, i.e., that the deal has been completed.

      • Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        The yanks could have just let us take on his salary.

      • water47 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        as he is old and owed $3.5 Million next year, They probably let him go for nothing.

  5. water47 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Does this mean RD goes on waivers?

    • TimDz - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      I’m guessing that one of the relievers ends up on the 15 day DL (read: until September 1, when rosters expand) with a hang nail or something….

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Arm fatigue.

      • water47 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Sorry, my lighthearted joke might drive some crazy. I think either Stammen to DL or Treinen get more freguent flyer menu.

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Congrats to mama and papa Buffalo.

  7. janebeard - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Baby Buffalo a’comin! How fun. Though we will miss Papa’s bat.

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