Maldonado is not starting Thursday's game against the White Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He receives a day off after going 2-for-4 with a homer in Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers. Lefty-hitting Jason Castro will start behind the dish against White Sox righty Dylan Cease.
Maldonado went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Wednesday's 8-4 win over Texas. The catcher pushed Houston to a 4-0 lead with a solo homer in the second inning. The long ball was his fifth of the campaign and accounted for his 18th RBI. Maldonado is batting a meager .178 on the season but has been better of late, hitting .280 (7-for-25) with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his past seven games.
Maldonado is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Twins. Maldonado will get a breather after starting the previous three games behind the plate. Garrett Stubbs will catch and bat ninth Sunday.
Maldonado went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 6-4 win over the Twins. After reliever Ryne Stanek coughed up a one-run lead in the eighth inning, Maldonado doubled home Myles Straw in the top of the ninth to reclaim the lead for Houston. He later scored an insurance run on a Michael Brantley single. Maldonado has 17 RBI this season with eight of them coming in the last six games.
Maldonado isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Maldonado was in the lineup for each of the last four games, and he went 4-for-16 with a home run, seven RBI, three runs and six strikeouts during that time. Garrett Stubbs will start at catcher and bat ninth.
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