Nats must make decision on backup catcher
Before Monday’s game, the Nationals are expected to call up right-hander Jordan Zimmermann from Triple-A Syracuse and take one of their backup catchers — Josh Bard and Wil Nieves — off the 25-man roster.
Bard is known for his bat, while Nieves has a reputation of being great behind the plate. Manager Manny Acta said in the right situation, a team would be looking for a person with defensive skills.
“He is only going to play once a week to rest the [the starting catcher],” Acta said. “That being said, we are going to keep whoever we think is the best fit for us. We are also going to try to make the right decision, so we can keep both guys somehow, someway. A lot of things play into that decision.”