Moore excited to be back in Major Leagues

Moore excited to be back in Major Leagues

WASHINGTON -- Carlos Maldonado's sore back rendered him unable to hit once again Wednesday night, and now it will send the catcher to the disabled list. As a result, first baseman Tyler Moore was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a move manager Davey Johnson announced following Wednesday night's 5-3 victory over the Mets.

"It's a little sore right now, and I'm just sad that it happens," Maldonado said, adding that he believes the injury happened sometime during the Nats' 7-2 win over the Braves in Atlanta on May 27. "I'm trying to get better as soon as possible."

Maldonado is the Nats' fourth catcher to suffer an injury and the third to go on the DL this year. Moore, meanwhile, will begin his second stint with the team. In 19 at-bats earlier this season, Moore batted .158 (3-for-19). His last game with the Nats came on May 26, when he was 0-for-2 with one strikeout against the Braves.

"It's exciting," Moore said. "I got the call probably yesterday about 6 or 7 [p.m.], just tried to get out here as fast as I could."

Jhonatan Solano will be the backup catcher in Maldonado's place and got the start in place of Jesus Flores on Thursday afternoon against the Mets. Solano was initially called up on May 28 and played in two games against the Marlins May 29-30, going 1-for-4 with a double. While at Triple-A Syracuse, Solano was a reliable defensive catcher who batted .250/.298/.288 in 13 games.

"I'm happy, but feeling sad for Maldonado," Solano said. "The opportunity is huge. When they tell me to play, I put 100 percent on the field."