ATLANTA -- Catcher Jesus Flores sustained a strained right hamstring in the Nationals' 7-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday night. The injury is not considered serious and he is listed as day to day.
Flores, who went 3-for-4 in the game, felt the injury in the sixth inning when he scored on a double by Steve Lombardozzi. Flores told manager Davey Johnson that he could complete the game, but he was taken out in the seventh after getting a base hit and running to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Gio Gonzalez. Flores was replaced by Carlos Maldonado.
"I don't think it's a big deal, but we want it to be safe and avoid any risk of any [serious] injury," Flores said.
Maldonado is expected to start against the Marlins on Monday and the team is hoping that Flores can get back on the field Tuesday.
Flores is the third catcher on the Nationals to be injured this month. Wilson Ramos is out for the year with a torn right ACL and Sandy Leon suffered a serious high ankle sprain and is expected to be out for a lengthy period.
Outside of Jhonatan Solano, the Nationals don't have catching depth in the Minor Leagues, so the Nationals need to acquire a catcher just in case Flores' hamstring doesn't get better.