Maldonado is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Maldonado is 0-for-11 over his last three starts, so he'll get the day off to gather himself after starting seven of the last eight games at backstop. Juan Graterol will fill in for him behind the dish for the contest.
Maldonado is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. After having been behind the plate for the past five contests, Maldonado will take a seat as the Angels play a day game after a night game. Backup Juan Graterol will check in a catcher, serving as the batterymate for Ricky Nolasco.
Maldonado is out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Orioles. The 30-year-old will cede catching duties to Juan Graterol for the second time in the last four games, indicating the Angels may be moving away from the slumping Maldonado as an everyday option. The veteran backstop has gone just 2-for-23 over his last seven starts after batting .194 in the month of July.
Maldonado is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Maldonado will receive a routine maintenance day in the series finale, opening up a start behind the plate for Juan Graterol. The backstop hasn't been helping out fantasy owners of late while going 3-for-27 (.111 average) over his last 10 games, but he's at little risk of falling into a timeshare with Graterol.
Maldonado is out of the lineup Thursday agains the Indians. Maldonado is coming off 10 consecutive starts -- his longest such stretch of the season. Over that period since the All-Star break, his bat has cooled off a little bit, as he's hitting .182 with nine strikeouts. He does have two long balls, though, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to panic. Juan Graterol will pick up a rare start in his stead for the series finale.
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