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Washington Nationals place C Ivan Rodriguez on 15-day D.L.

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The Washington Nationals today placed Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse. The move was retro to July 7. Rodriguez sustained a right oblique strain during batting practice Thursday and was scratched from the game against the Chiacgo Cubs. Outfielder Rick Ankiel recently missed three weeks due to a similar injury. From the team: Flores, 26, joins the Nationals after batting .234 (49-for-209) with 15 doubles, five homers and 30 RBI in 56 International League contests with Syracuse. Eight of Flores’ 20 extra-base hits this season have come in a 20-game stretch beginning June 8. Flores returns for a second stint with Washington this season. He went 1-for-2 for the Nationals during a nine-day stint with the club in April. Flores is a career .260 (150-for-576) hitter with 30 doubles, 16 home runs and 99 RBI in 200 games with Washington spanning portions of four campaigns (2007-09, ’11). The 39 year-old Rodriguez is currently batting .214 (25-for-117) with seven doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI in 39 games with the Nationals. Washington will especially miss Rodriguez’s game-calling expertise and throwing arm, as he has thrown out 10 of 22 would-be basestealers (45%) this season.

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