Maldonado went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a walk in Friday's 10-4 win over the Rangers.
Maldonado drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning to push Houston's lead to 6-1. He then blew it up even further with a two-run blast in the fifth. It was his second homer of the season and both have come over the last seven games.
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Maldonado had started six of the Astros' last seven games, so manager Dusty Baker may just have wanted to give the veteran backstop some extra maintenance. Jason Castro will catch Cristian Javier in the series opener.
Maldonado isn't starting Monday's game against the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado had started each of the last four games and went 5-for-15 with a home run, a double, two runs and two RBI during that time. Jason Castro will start behind the plate and bat ninth.
Maldonado went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Yankees.
Maldonado entered the game with only two extra-base hits across 72 plate appearances this season. He did manage his first homer of the campaign Thursday when he took Justin Wilson yard in the ninth inning. Maldonado will need several more strong performances to pull up his poor .129/.197/.214 line across 76 plate appearances to this point.
Maldonado (shoulder) will catch and bat ninth Thursday against the Yankees, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado missed Wednesday's game after leaving Tuesday's contest with a bruised trapezius following a collision at home plate. He's back in action after a brief absence and will look to improve on his awful .091/.167/.136 season slash line, though he may have a tough time doing so with Gerrit Cole on the mound for the Yankees.
Maldonado (shoulder) isn't starting Wednesday against the Yankees, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.
Maldonado was diagnosed with a trapezius contusion after leaving Tuesday's game against the Yankees. Maldonado will be available off the bench, but manager Dusty Baker said that he'll try not to use the 34-year-old, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Jason Castro will start at catcher and bat ninth.
Maldonado is negative for concussion symptoms and was diagnosed with a trapezius contusion after leaving Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
It's good news for the 34-year-old after he was hit in the head during a collision at home plate with Rougned Odor. Maldonado should be considered day-to-day but will be held out of the lineup for Wednesday's contest, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Maldonado was removed from Tuesday's game against the Yankees after a collision at home plate, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
The 34-year-old appeared to take a shot to the head during a collision with Rougned Odor, and the catcher remained down on the field for a few minutes before leaving the game. Maldonado is likely being evaluated for a head injury and should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
Maldonado went 1-for-5 with a triple and a run scored in Friday's 9-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Maldonado's fourth-inning triple snapped an 0-for-10 skid and was just his sixth hit in 59 at-bats (.102). The Astros' potent offense can afford to carry a light-hitting catcher, so Maldonado will maintain his role as the team's primary catcher.
Maldonado isn't starting Thursday's game against Seattle, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Maldonado has gone hitless with a walk and two strikeouts in nine at-bats across the last three games. Jason Castro will start behind the dish and bat ninth.
Maldonado isn't starting Saturday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Maldonado will get a breather after he went 1-for-10 with a double, one run and six strikeouts in the last four games. Jason Castro will start behind the plate Saturday, batting ninth.
Maldonado and the Astros agreed Wednesday on a one-year, $5 million contract extension, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the deal includes a $4 million team option or a $500,000 buyout for 2023, with option vesting to $5 million if Maldonado plays at least 90 games in 2022.
Though he only recently began the second season of the two-year, $7 million deal he signed in the 2019-20 offseason, Maldonado has made a strong enough of an impression as a game caller and defender behind the plate during his time in Houston for the club to give him some extra security. The 34-year-old has been less dependable on the offensive end -- he's gone 3-for-34 with 17 strikeouts to begin 2021 -- but the Astros are able to live with his shortcomings in that area if he can continue to coax good results out of the team's pitching staff.
Maldonado went 0-for-1 with two walks in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Colorado.
Maldonado returned to the lineup after missing the last four games while on the COVID-19 protocols list. He and three other Astros cleared health and safety protocols just before game time and were available to play.
Maldonado (COVID-19 injured list) is starting Tuesday in Colorado, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
As expected, Maldonado is back in the starting nine for the first of a two-game series in Coors Field.
Maldonado is tentatively expected to be activated from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener in Colorado, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Of the five Astros on the COVID-19 IL, only Jose Altuve appears unlikely to rejoin the team in Colorado while he waits to clear all MLB health and safety protocols. Once they arrive in Denver, the quartet of Maldonado, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and Robel Garcia will still have a few more hurdles to clear related to COVID-19 intake testing, but all four should be eligible to play Tuesday if they continue to test negative for the virus. Once reinstated, Maldonado should take back primary catching duties from Jason Castro.
Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Maldonado (COVID-19 injured list) has been cleared to resume individual workouts, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Maldonado and the other four Astros placed on the COVID-19 IL on Wednesday all appear to have finished their respective quarantine periods, but Baker didn't specify when any of the players might be ready to rejoin the team. Since Baker previously mentioned that the five players in question are unlikely to be available for the team's ongoing road trip, Maldonado's earliest possible return date would most likely be Thursday, when the Astros host the Angels.
Maldonado (COVID-19 protocols) is unlikely to return during the Astros' current five-game road trip, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Maldonado was one of five Astros who landed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday. The team hasn't announced whether Maldonado has tested positive for the virus, but manager Dusty Baker said Friday that none of the five players are likely to return before the Astros return home Thursday. Jason Castro and Garrett Stubbs should continue to fill in behind the plate in Maldonado's absence.
Maldonado was placed on the injured list Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado was one of five Astros who were placed on the injured list without an injury designation, so it appears as though the players are out due to COVID-19-related protocols. It's not yet clear whether Maldonado has tested positive for the virus. If the 34-year-old isn't dealing with a positive test result, he'll be eligible to return as soon as he clears the league's health and safety protocols. Jason Castro should serve as the team's primary catcher in Maldonado's absence, while the Astros also recalled Garrett Stubbs in a corresponding move.
Maldonado agreed to a one-year contract extension with Houston on Tuesday that includes a vesting option for 2023, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado is a defensive stalwart and brings excellent makeup to the clubhouse, which is good, because he doesn't bring much to the table as a hitter. The 34-year-old backstop has a career .217/.291/.352 slash line, and 2020 is the lone year in his career that he hit better than league average (110 wRC+).
Maldonado is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
He ranks sixth in the majors among catchers with 33 plate appearances, but his .094 batting average thanks to a 45.5 percent strikeout rate have made him a huge negative in fantasy thus far. Jason Castro will start behind the dish and hit ninth.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/15||vs TEX||W 6-5||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|05/14||vs TEX||W 10-4||3||1||2||1||3||1||0|
|05/12||vs LAA||W 9-1||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/11||vs LAA||W 5-1||2||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/09||vs TOR||W 7-4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||vs TOR||L 4-8||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/07||vs TOR||W 10-4||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
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