With backstops ailing, Solano gets first start

With backstops ailing, Solano gets first start

MIAMI -- A day after recording a hit in his first career at-bat -- and having a family reunion at Marlins Park -- Jhonatan Solano got his first big league start at catcher.

Solano got the call at backstop for Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins while right-hander Chien-Ming Wang made his first start on the mound after opening the season in the disabled list.

Solano, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, has some familiarity with Wang and caught him some in the spring, according to Nats manager Davey Johnson. Carlos Maldonado, who started the first two games of the series and also caught Wang's first two rehab starts with Triple-A Syracuse, was out Wednesday with a sore back, Johnson said.

Maldonado is just the latest Washington catcher to deal with an injury -- even if it's not a serious one. Wilson Ramos is out for the year with a torn right ACL. Sandy Leon is on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle, and Jesus Flores is dealing with a strained right hamstring.

"It's good that we have Solano here," Johnson said. "Last I checked, he was healthy."

While Flores has missed the entire Marlins series after sustaining the injury during Sunday's win against the Braves, Johnson is hopeful the backstop will be ready when the Nats return home Friday for a six-game homestand. Flores told Johnson that he felt comfortable enough to pinch-hit Wednesday if necessary, but Johnson decided to err on the side of caution since Washington has an off-day Thursday.