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“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Flores said. “But we wanted to be safe and avoid any risk of injury.”

Flores has started in 10 of 11 games at the sport’s most demanding position. The Nationals had planned to start Carlos Maldonado on Monday afternoon in Florida, anyway. Flores could play in that series.

“We’re going to take it day by day, see how it goes,” Flores said. “Hopefully, I can make it back on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

In this injury-riddled Nationals season, Flores has gone from a backup catcher to one of their most indispensable players. Starting catcher Wilson Ramos is out of the season with a torn ACL. Sandy Leon, who replaced Ramos on the roster, suffered a high-ankle sprain four innings into his major league career.

Jesus Flores. (Chris Carlson/Associated Press)

“I saw him walk to second and I said, ‘I got to go get him,’ ” Johnson said. “I can’t take a chance. But I think he’s going to be alright.”

The Nationals have already placed 11 players on the disabled list this season, and they have may to make it 12 with Chad Tracy. But it appears as if Flores will not join them.