NEW YORK (AP) -With Paul Lo Duca sidelined because of an injured hand, the Washington Nationals purchased the contract of catcher Wil Nieves from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.
To make room for Nieves, the Nationals sent right-handed reliever Chris Schroder to Columbus.
Nieves' plane was due to arrive about a half-hour before the Nationals played the New York Mets. Nieves was expected to be available to back up Johnny Estrada.
Lo Duca bruised his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday against Atlanta. He did not play Tuesday in his first game against his former team since signing a $5 million, one-year deal with the Nationals in December.
Lo Duca was hitting .200 with no home runs and four RBIs for Washington this season.
``It could be a couple of days. We just want to cover ourselves,'' Nationals manager Manny Acta said.
In 63 major league games over four seasons with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, Nieves is hitting .161 with 11 RBIs.
``He's never been regarded as a big bat, but that's not how he made a name for himself in this game,'' Acta said.
Schroder made just two appearances this season and gave up a run in 2 2-3 innings.

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