Jesus Flores: 'I don't see any opportunity to start Opening Day'
This morning, Jim Riggleman said Jesus Flores's injured right shoulder will not let him play in the initial Nationals spring training games, which is not surprising considering he most often flips the ball to a coach after the ball hits his mitt.
It has been speculated that Flores will not be healthy enough to play even by Opening Day, and Flores himself admitted as much today.
"I don't see any opportunity to start Opening Day," Flores said. "But I'm not thinking much about it. I'm taking it day-by-day. I'm doing what I can to feel positive."
Flores, recovering from SLAP (superior labrum from anterior to posterior) repair surgery, is pleased with how his shoulder is coming along. His throwing program has him playing catch every other day, with the distance increasing each time. He started at 45 feet. Yesterday, he got up to 90. Tomorrow, he's hoping for 100. By next week, Flores hopes he'll be swinging a bat.
That's progress. But even more than a month away from the regular season, Flores knows it's not enough. The Nationals will have Wil Nieves and Ivan Rodriguez as their catchers, and Flores will go back to being, hopefully, their catcher of the future.
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