SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesus Flores was supposed to be insurance in case Ivan Rodriguez got hurt. Jamie Burke was supposed to be insurance in case Flores got hurt. Chris Coste was supposed to be insurance in case they all got hurt.
Thus, will all four of those catchers currently battling injuries, the Nationals are left with Wil Nieves and Carlos Maldonado holding down the fort right now. It's hardly an ideal scenario, but as you'll read in this piece for CSNwashington.com, the club has faith these two veterans can carry the load until Pudge returns from his back injury.