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Nationals | Carlos Maldonado impressing team

Washington Nationals C Carlos Maldonado is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse as the backup to Jhonatan Solano, although he is expected to remain in major league camp until the end of spring training. Entering Grapefruit League play Saturday, March 17, he was 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs and had already made a positive impression on manager Davey Johnson. "It's very comforting from a managing standpoint to see him handle a pitching staff," Johnson said. "He showed he can drive in some key runs. Very veteran-like player and a quality catcher. ... I didn't see him play last year or the year before. It's just great being around him and seeing him perform and how he handles things."

2012-03-17 13:40:43 | Source: MLB.com - Bill Ladson

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