Maldonado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 6-4 win over the Giants.
Maldonado's first homer of the year gave the Astros a 6-0 lead in the sixth inning. He's picked up eight RBI, four runs scored and a .194 batting average in 13 contests this season. The 33-year-old will likely continue to see most of the time behind the dish
Maldonado isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Athletics.
Maldonado drew walks in each of the past four contests, but he'll take a seat after Saturday's 13-inning loss. Dustin Garneau will start behind the dish and bat ninth.
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado is just getting a break after catching each of the Astros' last four games and going 1-for-10 at the dish. Dustin Garneau will step in behind the plate in Maldonado's stead, catching for starting pitcher Josh James.
Maldonado will sit Monday against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado started each of the season's first three games but will get a rest Monday. Dustin Garneau gets the nod behind the plate in his absence.
Maldonado went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Sunday's 7-6 loss to Seattle.
Maldonado has been productive out of the nine-hole to start the season, driving in two runs in each of the first three games. A .219 career hitter entering the season, Maldonado is 5-for-11 overall and 4-for-5 with men in scoring position.
Maldonado went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Friday's 8-2 win over Seattle.
Maldonado helped pick up the lineup that didn't get much output from its top stars -- George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa went a combined 3-for-17. As a career .219, Maldonado is not expected to carry much of the offense on this stacked roster.
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.
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