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Another day, another Nationals catcher suffers major injury

Sandy Leon

Washington Nationals catcher Sandy Leon, center, is helped off the field during the fourth inning of baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, May 14, 2012 in Washington. Leon who was playing in his first major-league game was injured during a play at home plate. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)


In losing starting catcher Wilson Ramos to a torn ACL over the weekend the Nationals turned to oft-injured backup Jesus Flores as their new starter behind the plate and called up Sandy Leon from Double-A to serve as their new backup.

Leon made his big-league debut last night and the 23-year-old had to be carried off the field four innings later following an ugly home plate collision with Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

For now Leon’s injury is being called a high-ankle sprain, but it certainly looked a lot worse than that at the time and the Nationals have placed him on the disabled list. Another catcher, 33-year-old journeyman Carlos Maldonado, was called up from Triple-A as the latest reinforcement.

Any more injuries for Nationals catchers and Ivan Rodriguez may want to seriously re-think that whole retirement thing.