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Nationals sign Koyie Hill to minor league deal

The Nationals signed veteran catcher Koyie Hill to a minor league contract in order to augment their depth at a position decimated this season by injury. Hill, designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier this month, will join Class AAA Syracuse.

Hill, 33, has appeared in 313 games over nine major league seasons while hitting .210/.271/.294. With the Cubs this year, Hill went 7 for 39 with no walks and a double over 11 games. Hill began the year in the Reds’ organization — where he played for former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman at Class AA Pensacola.

The Nationals have lost Wilson Ramos, their original starting catcher, for the season with a torn ligament in his right knee. Sandy Leon (high-ankle sprain) and Carlos Maldonado (back strain) both landed on the disabled list after the Nationals called them up from the minors.

Jesus Flores has cemented himself as the Nationals’ starter, and Jhonatan Solano has played well in a backup role, going 5 for 13 with a double and a home run in four starts. Hill will provide veteran insurance in case of further injury.

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Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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