Nationals re-sign Carlos Maldonado to minors contract

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From beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com comes word that the Nationals have re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado to a minor league contract.

Maldonado hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2010 season and posted an ugly-looking .234/.361/.342 slash line with one home run and 12 RBI in 38 games this past year at the Triple-A level.

The 32-year-old native of Venezuela will continue to function as organizational catching depth for the Nationals next season, behind big leaguers Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores. Maldonado will only be promoted in the event of an injury.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.