Flores Has Injury Setback
Today, the Washington Nationals were planning to activate, not reevaluate, Jesus Flores. But an injury setback to their starting catcher has changed the terms of discussion, and now 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 tonight's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
But while rehabbing with Class AA Harrisburg, Flores felt some discomfort, and today paid a visit to team doctor Wiemi Douoghui. He received an MRI, and on Monday will travel to Birmingham, Ala., to receive a second opinion from orthopedist James Andrews.
"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."
At minimum, Flores will be shut down for the next few days. After Flores is reevaluated by Dr. Andrews, the team will know more about the timetable. Flores is batting .311 (28-for-90) with four home runs and 15 RBI this year. The Nationals are 3-15 in his absence.
So 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 this 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). "It was kind of a crazy turnaround," Bard said.
On Monday, Mike MacDougal's agent, Rex Gary, notified the Nationals that the righty, pitching for Class AAA Syracuse, was exercising an out-clause. If Washington didn't promote MacDougal to the big leagues within 48 hours, the organization would lose rights to him.
"I had no idea what was going to happen," MacDougal said today. "I was hoping they would bring me up."
That out clause, coupled with MacDougal's strong performance (8-1/3 IP, 3 ER) with the Chiefs, compelled Washington to add the former all-star closer to their 25-man roster. Today was MacDougal's first game with the club.
Acta said MacDougal will not have a defined role.
"I already talked to him," Acta said. "No roles. The role is, when the phone rings get ready to pitch. Roles are earned here."
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