Maldonado is out of Friday's starting lineup against the Dodgers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Maldonado will get the day off after starting five straight games. Jose Briceno will bat eighth and handle the catching duties in his stead.
Maldonado is out of Friday's lineup against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. He had started five of the previous six games. Jose Briceno will start behind the dish and hit ninth.
Maldonado is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles. Maldonado will pick up a routine rest on getaway day after he was behind the plate for all 18 innings of the previous two games of the series. His absence clears a spot in the lineup for Jose Briceno, who will catch Deck McGuire in the latter's first big-league start of the season.
Maldonado went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, a walk and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox. Maldonado helped key a comeback from six runs down with his sixth-inning blast, though it would still not be enough after some late game bullpen woes. The catcher isn't have a particularly good season at the plate -- he's slashing .243/.301/.357 with four homers and 29 RBI -- but he's now driven in seven runs over the last four games.
Maldonado went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and four RBI in the Angels' 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. It was a big day at the plate for the 31-year-old backstop, who drove in four of his team's six runs on the day with his pair of hits that included a bases-loaded double. He's still not having an especially notable offensive season, as Maldonado is slashing .251/.309/.357 with just three home runs over his 199 at-bats.
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