Nieves leaves game with left hamstring injury [update]

Nationals catcher Wil Nieves left Thursday’s game against the Phillies because of a left hamstring injury. He is expected to be out of action for at least four days.

Nieves came to the plate in the top of the third inning and hit a comebacker to left-hander  Cole Hamels, who threw Nieves out at first base. As he got close to the bag, Nieves started limping. Getting back to the dugout was difficult for Nieves. It took about 30 seconds before he hit the dugout steps.

Josh Bard replaced Nieves in the bottom of the third inning. 

In the meantime, the Nationals need a backup catcher, so they acquired catcher Jamie Burke from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations and placed catcher Jesus Flores on the 60-day disabled list. Flores had surgery on his right labrum on Wednesday.

Burke will join the Nationals on Friday, when they play the Mets at Citi Field.

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