Washington Nationals Catcher Jesus Flores Aggravates Shoulder Injury

By Chico Harlan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 30, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, May 29 -- On Friday, the Washington Nationals were planning to activate, not reevaluate, Jesús Flores. But an injury setback to their starting catcher has changed the terms of discussion and has the Nationals wondering how much longer they must wait for his return.

Flores, out since May 9 with a right shoulder contusion, was expected to come off the disabled list before Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. But while rehabbing with Class AA Harrisburg, Flores felt discomfort, and on Friday he paid a visit to team doctor Wiemi Douoghui.

"I think it stems back to the original injury, and then it's been aggravated," acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. "I think when he ramped back up, it aggravated that."

For at least the next few days, Manager Manny Acta said, Flores will be "shut down" and allowed to rest. Once Flores resumes throwing -- probably in three days, Acta said -- the team will determine whether Flores must play a few more games with Harrisburg, or whether he can jump to the big leagues. Flores is batting .311 with four home runs and 15 RBI.

Standing Pat

As long as Flores remains on the disabled list, the Nationals will stand pat with their current roster, retaining eight in the bullpen and two catchers, Josh Bard and Wil Nieves. Bard returned to the team late Friday afternoon after a trip back home to Denver, where on Thursday morning his wife gave birth to a healthy girl, Karis Elizabeth (7 pounds, 4 ounces).

MacDougal Is Added

Relief pitcher Mike MacDougal was added to Washington's 25-man roster, just days after exercising an out clause in his contract. If Washington didn't promote MacDougal to the big leagues from Class AAA Syracuse, the organization would have lost the right to him.


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