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Nationals recall C Sandy Leon; Wilson Ramos placed on Paternity List

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The Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that 26-year-old catcher Wilson Ramos was being placed on the Paternity List as he awaits the birth of his first child. Sandy Leon was called up to fill in for Ramos on the Nats' roster.

Patrick Smith

The Washington Nationals recalled 25-year-old catcher Sandy Leon this afternoon. Leon returns to the nation's capital as Wilson Ramos, who is joining his wife as they await the birth of their first child according to the Nats' press release on the roster move, goes on the Paternity List. Ramos, 26, goes on leave after a 2 for 4 night in D.C. on Monday in which he hit his fourth home run of the season. On the year in his fifth major league season, the Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela-born backstop has a .295/.343/.400 line with eight doubles and four home runs in 50 games and 207 plate appearances.

Leon has played 18 games in the majors this season, putting up a .169/.234/.237 line in spot duty with the Nationals. In three major league seasons, the Maracaibo, Zuila, Venezuela-born catcher has a .200/.287/.267 line with the Nationals.

In 34 games and 134 plate appearances with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs this season, Leon has put up a .212/.306/.331 line with eight doubles and two home runs for the Nats' top minor league affiliate.

Leon last played in the majors in mid-to-late June when Ramos landed on the DL with a hamstring strain, going 2 for 15 with five Ks over that stretch.

Under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, major league players can take up to three days of paternity leave. Ramos talked to The Washington Post's James Wagner about taking the three days off, which will keep him out of action during the Nats' three-game set with the New York Mets, which starts tonight in Nationals Park:

"'It’s the first time this has happened to me,' Ramos said in Spanish. 'It’s a balance between my job, something I’ve dedicated my entire life to, and my daughter, my responsibility and joy for the rest of my life.'"

Jose Lobaton and Leon will share the catching duties for the next three days.

Lobaton gets the start tonight with Gio Gonzalez on the mound vs the Mets: