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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Matt Thornton off waivers from the New York Yankees and put catcher Wilson Ramos on the paternity list before Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.

To fill Ramos' roster spot, the Nationals recalled catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse.

The club also transferred right-hander Taylor Jordan to the 60-day disabled list, making room on the 40-man roster for Thornton.

The 37-year-old Thornton went 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 24 2-3 innings across 46 appearances with the Yankees this season.

Ramos and his wife are expecting their first child. Ramos is hitting .290 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 49 games this season.

Leon rejoins the Nationals for the third time this season.

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