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Flores day-to-day with hamstring

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Flores day-to-day with hamstring

Nationals catcher Jesus Flores is listed as day-to-day after straining his right hamstring in the team's win over Atlanta on Sunday night. Flores sustained the injury during the sixth inning on a play in which he scored a run.

Flores was replaced by backup Carlos Maldonado in the seventh inning, but told manager Davey Johnson he could have kept playing.

"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 told MLB.com.

Without Flores the Nats are in trouble at the catcher position as Wilson Ramos and Sandy Leon both remain out with injuries. Maldonado is expected to start Monday's game in Miami, but who backs him up is where it gets interesting.

Unless the Nats make a roster move, and if Flores is unavailable, Washington may have to go with an emergency plan. Utility man Steve Lombardozzi is said to be the next guy up and he just might get that call if the situation worsens. Bryce Harper was drafted as a catcher, but Johnson ruled out the possibility of him playing the position.

The 27-year-old Flores has settled in nicely as the team's everyday catcher. In 26 games this season he holds a .263.299.350 clip with a home run and eight RBI. He has hit safely in each of his last four games and eight of his last nine. In Sunday's game Flores had gone 3-for-4 before hurting his hamstring.

Maldonado, 33, has played in two games this season with Washington and has a walk and a RBI. He last appeared in the MLB in 2010 when he played four games for the Nats. He has 27 total games of major league experience with two brief stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Nationals reveal new patriotic jersey and hats

Nationals reveal new patriotic jersey and hats

The Washington Nationals revealed one new alternate home jersey and two new hats Saturday at Winterfest, the team's annual holiday fan festival.

They'll wear the gear for some home games and special occasions.

Here's a look at both hats:

Dusty Baker and the Nats players showcased the new outfits at Winterfest.

RELATED: Nationals trade Danny Espinosa to Angels for two minor league pitchers

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Nationals trade Danny Espinosa to Angels for two minor league pitchers

Nationals trade Danny Espinosa to Angels for two minor league pitchers

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Angels have acquired shortstop Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals for two minor league pitchers.

The Angels sent right-handers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Nationals on Saturday night for Espinosa, who presumably lost his starting job when Washington obtained outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Washington traded three top pitching prospects to Chicago for Eaton, with the intention of shifting NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Trea Turner from center field back to his natural shortstop position.

The 29-year-old Espinosa hit .209 with a career-high 24 home runs and 72 RBIs as Washington's starting shortstop last season. In seven major league seasons he has batted .226 with 92 home runs and 285 RBIs.

McGowin was ranked as the Angels' 20th-best prospect.

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