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Arizona Diamondbacks Place Henry Blanco On DL, Claim Wil Nieves

On Sunday in the final game of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Henry Blanco injured his right thumb and had to leave the game. It was fairly serious and he went back to Phoenix for an MRI. Since without Blanco the Diamondbacks are without a backup catcher, the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained thumb.

To replace him on the roster, the team claimed catcher Wil Nieves off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

Nieves, 34, split the 2012 season between the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs. He batted .298 (14-for-47) with 1 homer and 5 RBI in 16 games with the Rockies, and .306 (24-for-111) with 3 homers and 16 RBI in 34 games with the Sky Sox.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound right-hander is a career .226 (180-for-798) hitter in 298 Major League games with the Padres (2002), Yankees (2005-07), Nationals (2008-10), Brewers (2011) and Rockies (2012).

Nieves was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Aug. 1.

Blanco, 40, appeared in 21 games with the D-backs this season, hitting .188 (12-for-64) with 1 home run and 7 RBI. His season may be over.

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