Maldonado (thumb) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the Cardinals, according to MLB.com.
Maldonado missed a few days after taking a foul ball off his left thumb, but he will be back behind the plate Saturday and will hit seventh in the Astros' batting order.
Maldonado (thumb) said he's hopeful he'll be ready to rejoin Houston's Grapefruit League lineup Friday against the Mets, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Maldonado has been out of action since Sunday, when he took a foul tip off his thumb and then aggravated the injury while catching later in the game. He said he would have been available Tuesday if the Astros were playing a regular-season game, so the club is seemingly just taking a cautious approach with the veteran, who will serve as Houston's top catcher in 2020.
Maldonado recently took a foul ball off his left thumb and was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals as a precaution, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado was labeled by manager Dusty Baker as the Astros' No. 1 catcher heading in to spring training following the departure of Robinson Chirinos in free agency. The 33-year-old Maldonado has spent time on five different major-league rosters during the past two seasons and is valued as one of the league's premier defensive options behind the plate. Maldonado owns a career .219 batting average, but demonstrated flashes of power towards the end of last season in Houston, hitting six home runs to go along with a .464 slugging percentage across 27 regular-season contests.
Manager Dusty Baker labeled Maldonado as the Astros' No. 1 catcher Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After Houston elected to let Robinson Chirinos walk in free agency while bringing back Maldonado on a two-year, $7 million deal, it was already fairly apparent that the latter would open the season atop the depth chart at catcher. Baker's willingness to confirm as much ensures that Maldonado will see the bulk of the work to begin the season, while the relatively unproven Garrett Stubbs likely serves as the No. 2 option behind the plate. Stubbs probably offers the more interesting bat of the two along with the higher fantasy ceiling if given a larger share of plate appearances, but Maldonado's defensive prowess should be enough to keep his playing time secure.
Maldonado signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Astros on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Maldonado made three stops in 2019, playing for the Cubs, Astros and Royals. He slashed .213/.293/.378 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI over 105 contests. Maldonado will bring a veteran presence behind the dish and is set to compete for playing time with Garrett Stubbs and Dustin Garneau.
Maldonado went 1-for-1 with a solo home run Wednesday in a 12-3 loss to the Nationals in Game 2 of the World Series.
Maldonado entered the game in the top of the seventh after Kyle Tucker had pinch hit for starting catcher Robinson Chirinos. He homered off Javy Guerra in the ninth to round out the scoring, his second extra-base hit and first home run of the playoffs. A trade-deadline acquisition from the Cubs, Maldonado hit just .202 for the Astros during the regular season but did pop six home runs in his 27 games with the team.
Maldonado is in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rays on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado has had a fairly consistent role in Houston since coming over at the deadline, hitting .202/.316/.464 for his new team. He'll bat ninth Saturday and catch Gerrit Cole.
Maldonado went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs in Tuesday's 21-7 loss to the Athletics.
Maldonado is hitting just .226 since joining the Astros but has homered five times in 62 at-bats. Slugging is not typically a part of his repertoire, so view this stretch as an anomaly.
Maldonado went 2-for-5 with a walk, a double, an RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 21-1 win over the Mariners.
Maldonado is more important to the Astros for his defensive skills, but he joined the team's bludgeoning of Mariners pitching. The multiple-hit effort was his first since joining the Astros at the trade deadline. He's batting just .203 over 18 games in Houston.
Maldonado went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 11-2 win over the Angels.
This was a 2-1 game in the seventh inning when Maldonado's two-run homer provided breathing room for the Astros, who later went on to plate seven runs in the eighth inning to make it a blowout. He's hitting just .162 (6-for-37) since joining Houston, but three of his six hits have left the yard.
Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's victory over Detroit.
Maldonado capped the scoring for Houston with a 392-foot blast to left field in the fifth inning. The homer was his second since joining the Astros in a deadline trade. He has gone 5-for-30 (.167) in eight games with his new team.
Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Friday's 10-2 win over the Mariners.
Maldonado started behind the dish for the second consecutive game and provided the third of six Astros homers on the night. The catcher has seven homers, 29 runs scored and 18 RBI in 80 games between the Royals, Cubs and Astros this season. Maldonado is not expected to overtake Robinson Chirinos for the majority of starts, but he provides a solid veteran depth option off the bench for the Astros.
Maldonado started Thursday and went 1-for-5 with a run scored in a 7-1 win over the Indians.
Maldonado, who made his first start since the Astros acquired him, is expected to be the second catcher behind Robinson Chirinos. Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Astros manager AJ Hinch confirmed Chirinos will catch the majority of games.
Maldonado was traded from the Cubs to the Astros in exchange for Tony Kemp on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Maldonado appeared in just four games for the Cubs before being traded for the second time this month. He'll wind up as an Astros midseason acquisition for the second straight year after hitting .231/.257/.398 down the stretch for Houston last season. He'll likely remain in a bench role with his new team, backing up Robinson Chirinos.
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.
With starts in four of the Cubs' previous seven games, Maldonado appeared to overtake Victor Caratini as the team's primary backstop, but both should see their roles decline considerably moving forward. Chicago reinstated two-time All-Star Willson Contreras (foot) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday and inserted him into the lineup behind the plate for the series finale. Assuming Contreras makes it out of the contest OK, he'll likely shoulder a heavy workload at catcher the rest of the way.
Maldonado is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Padres.
Victor Caratini started behind the plate Saturday, but Maldonado will spell him Sunday in what will be his third start with his new team. Regular catcher Willson Contreras (foot) is still on the injured list, though he took batting practice Saturday. Caratini and Maldonado will continue to split duties behind the plate for however long Contreras remains out, with Caratini a favorite to receive an edge in playing time.
Maldonado was traded from the Royals to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for Mike Montgomery, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Willson Contreras (foot) is currently being considered day-to-day, but the acquisition of Maldonado could mean Contreras' injury is worse than initially thought. Either way, Maldonado will provide the Cubs with veteran experience behind the dish moving forward. He's slashing .224/.288/.359 with six homers and 17 RBI over 73 games this season.
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
He's merely receiving a breather after starting behind the plate the past two days. Backup backstop Cam Gallagher will work in a battery with Homer Bailey in the series finale.
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians.
Maldonado will be getting a much-needed breather after starting each of the past six games behind the plate and going 6-for-21 with a pair of solo home runs and three doubles during that stretch. Cam Gallagher will work in a battery with Homer Bailey in the series finale.
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians.
Backup catcher Cam Gallagher will receive a turn behind the plate in the series finale while Maldonado picks up a routine breather. Maldonado started the first two games of the series, going 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles in those contests to lift his season average to .220.
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