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The Nationals selected the contract of catcher Jamie Burke from Triple-A Syracuse and placed catcher Carlos Maldonado on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 4, with a left thumb fracture.
Additionally, the club unconditionally released catcher Chris Coste, who had Tommy John surgery a few weeks ago.
Burke went (5-for-18) with two doubles in six games with the Chiefs, after beginning the season on the DL with a leg knee injury.
Maldonado, 31, has gone 3-for-11 (.273) with one home run and three RBIs in four games since his contract was selected by the Nationals on May 25.
Coste, 37, was acquired off waivers from the Mets on March 29 and has spent all season on the DL.
The Nationals optioned left-hander Matt Chico to Triple-A Syracuse, while re-assigning left-hander Doug Slaten and catcher Jamie Burke to Minor League camp Saturday.
Of the three, Chico is the most intriguing because he had a chance to become the fifth starter in the rotation. After missing almost two years because of elbow reconstruction, Chico proved he is 100 percent healthy, but it wasn’t enough.
In three outings — including an intrasquad game — Chico gave up five earned runs in seven innings. In two of those starts, Chico looked like the player who collected a lot of groundball outs. The bad performance came March 13, when Chico gave up the five earned runs in an inning- plus against the Astros. That usually means that he can’t throw strikes with his breaking ball. Chico will be the first to say he can’t throw just his fastball to get by.
“I felt I would be probably be a long shot out of anyone just because of the history of being out [for almost two years],” Chico said. “The only thing I could do was come and show that I’m healthy and throw some pitches a little better than I did before. I think I did that. I’ll just take it all in stride going into the season.”
General manager Mike Rizzo, who drafted Chico when both were with the D-backs, felt Chico needed more innings in the Minor Leagues after being out of action for a long time.
“The decision [to send Chico to Syracuse] was performance based and developmental based, but I feel he is 100 percent back from his surgery,” Rizzo said. “His arm looks better, he looks stronger and crisp than when he started the 31 [Major League] games for us in 2007.
“I told him that he hasn’t looked this good since his early days with the Diamondbacks. He was a pleasant surprise in Spring Training. I felt, because of the lack of innings that he lost, he needs to go and refine his skills down in the Minor Leagues. He is not an overhaul-type of guy at all. He needs to go get his innings and correct the flaws that he has gained after losing all that time.”
As for Slaten and Burke, they most likely will start the season in Syracuse with Burke starting the season on the disabled list. He has a torn right meniscus and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
In need to replace Wil Nieves, who suffered a left hamstring injury on Thursday night, the Nationals acquired catcher Jamie Burke from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations and placed catcher Jesus Flores on the 60-day disabled List.
General manager Mike Rizzo made this deal shortly after Nieves was hurt. The Nationals couldn’t go to their Minor League system because there is nobody that could help them right now.
Interim manager Jim Riggleman managed Burke in Seattle last year. Burke is a solid defensive catcher, who has played parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues during his 17-year career. Burke, 37, hit .282 (107-for-380) with three home runs and 38 RBI in 184 career big-league games. He has posted a .280 (1183-for-4227) batting average with 54 home runs and 535 RBI in 1209 career minor-league contests.
“He is a good catch and throw guy, but he gets his hits,” Riggleman said. “He is a quality guy, total team guy, character person. He will help us get through those injuries.”
In a backup role this season, Burke appeared 13 games with Seattle, hitting .284 (23-for-81) with 11 RBI in 22 games with Tacoma of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
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.