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It was billed as the best statistical pitching matchup since Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden battled at Chavez Ravine in 1985. Gio Gonzalez vs. Brandon Beachy, both taking their sub-2.00 ERAs to the mound, both hoping to notch an important victory for their team.
Injuries have ravaged Washington's catching depth, first taking Wilson Ramos for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, then putting Sandy Leon on the shelf for a month with a high ankle sprain. As a result, Jesus Flores has gone from bench player to iron man.
Henry Rodriguez looked up at the sky and he found the source of his discontent: rain that had pounded the field at Great American Ball Park all day.
The Washington Nationals' run of injuries to key position players took another unfortunate turn Saturday night. Catcher Wilson Ramos was helped off the field in the seventh inning by two trainers after he turned to field a passed ball and his right knee appeared to buckle beneath him.
Sean Burnett worked through his repertoire pitch by pitch, knocking off the rust in a bullpen session typical of the early days of spring training. It would be a few more days before he and his fellow Washington Nationals pitchers had a chance to face batters, so Burnett was throwing for an audience of one - catcher Sandy Leon.
Five springs ago, Jesus Flores arrived at Washington Nationals camp as a burly 22-year-old catcher. He had a rocket arm, could handle the bat well enough to last on the Nationals' 25-man roster throughout 2007 as a Rule 5 pick and was quickly deemed the "catcher of the future" in D.C.
The words are Spanish. Black cursive, flanked by tufts of cerulean blue ink. They blanket the immense left forearm of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. His favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, now tattooed there as a permanent reminder of the day his life began anew.
The Washington Nationals cut ties with reliever Doug Slaten Monday night, choosing to non-tender the left-hander. Slaten was the only one of seven arbitration eligible players Washington did not offer a contract to for the 2012 season.
As the Nationals have gone about developing their farm system, they've amassed an embarrassment of riches at catcher. They're also facing a crossroads with some of that depth.