The two most likely choices seemed to be either outfielder Roger Bernadina, who is active for Syracuse after missing the first five games the season tending to a family matter, and utility infielder Brian Bixler, who had an excellent spring training.
Flores gives the Nationals a player who has experience as an everyday player to use off the bench. (Flores is 2 for 13 with a double in four games for Syracuse.) With Flores in the fold, the Nationals will most often have a bench of Laynce Nix, Matt Stairs, Rodriguez, Flores and either Jerry Hairston or Alex Cora, depending on which player starts at third base.
Flores, 26, began 2009 as the Nationals’ everyday catcher before a foul tip struck his shoulder and led to a devastating series of injuries. Flores returned as a major leaguer for the first time this spring, losing out to Ramos to become the Nationals’ second catcher alongside Rodriguez.
Flores gives the Nationals five Scott Boras clients on their 25-man roster.