Jesus Flores cleared to play, but Nationals take caution


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But with a day off Thursday, Manager Davey Johnson wanted to be certain Flores will not have a recurrence. Johnson also wants to avoid using Flores a pinch-hitter. “Let’s just be cautious on that,” Johnson said.

Flores’s backup, Carlos Maldonado, has a sore back, and so Jhonatan Solano, called up from Class AAA Syracuse yesterday, will make his first career start. Solano doubled in the ninth inning last night in his first career at-bat.

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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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