Maldonado to DL with broken thumb

Updated: June 5, 2010, 3:50 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Nationals catcher Carlos Maldonado has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a fractured left thumb.

The team added Jamie Burke from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Maldonado, summoned from Syracuse when Ivan Rodriguez was placed on the DL on May 24, was hitting 3 for 11 with a home run and three RBIs in four games.

Burke was hitting .278 for Syracuse. The 38-year-old is a career .277 hitter in seven major league seasons with Anaheim, the Chicago White Sox, Seattle and Washington.

To create a spot on the 40-man roster for Burke, the Nationals released catcher Chris Coste. The 37-year-old Coste was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on March 29 and has been on the disabled list all season.


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