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Jesus Flores is coming back

Catcher Jesus Flores has existed this Nationals season as one of this year's saddest sagas. He came to spring training hoping his battered shoulder would finally heal. Each time he found progress, a setback instantly erased it. He visited Dr. James Andrews. He couldn't throw, couldn't swing, couldn't play.

Flores's story, though, may yet have a happy ending. He is playing now, down in the Instructional League in Florida. In his first game, he hit a home run. He caught six innings yesterday. General Manager Mike Rizzo said tonight be believes Flores still has a place in the Nationals future.

"He's hitting the ball very at the plate, as expected," Rizzo said. "He's making throws to all the bases. He's getting into the swing of catching every day. He's full-go to do everything."

Before Flores first suffered a shoulder injury, he had become ingrained as the Nationals' catcher and a potential long-term fixture. The Nationals have since acquired Wilson Ramos, a 23-year-old regarded by the organization as an elite prospect, particularly on defense. Ramos could eventually block a spot for Flores, but the Nationals have not considered switching Flores's position.

"I see him as a full-time, every day catcher," Rizzo said. "I still see him as a front-line catching prospect. When he's healthy, he's proven that he can be an everyday catcher in the big leagues."

By Adam Kilgore  | September 28, 2010; 6:42 PM ET
 
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Comments

With Pudge, Ramos, Flores, Harper and Norris we are overstocked at catcher.

Just kidding.

Still, makes you feel good for the guy; must be tough to be so young and be derailed by injuries, not lack of talent.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 28, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Jesus is back?

Why aren't I ascending to Heaven?

Oh right, the sins.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Harpers no longer a catcher.

Snif Snif, ooo potato salad. Dagh! its German potato salad.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 28, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Someone got it.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

SCNatsFan: If Flores can make it back through Winter ball & Spring Training, it would definately be a piece of good news for the Nationals' system. Forcing the FO to choose between Flores, Ramos & possibly Nieves for WSH / SYR would be a good thing, imo. It beats signing two 4-A catchers (Maldonado / Burke in 2009 at SYR).

Norris can 'hunker down' between POT & HAR and continue to learn the craft, while Harper learns how to play the OF in Auburn or Hagerstown.

Posted by: BinM | September 28, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Bin M, I agree. There are much worse things then having players fight for roster spots, and Flores has shown he deserves to me on a MLB roster if healthy. Just glad, for the moment, it's good news abuot him.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Do you guys think its possible we keep Ramos, Pudge and Flores on the major league roster if Flores is healthy? That would mean just 4 outfielders and certainly give us less speed in the late innings but it just might work. I can't think of a team that does this so I am guessing BinM is right.

On a total different take, I don't think we will hear much from McP in this last week since his O's are doomed to finish behind the Nationals. O's are still in the running for 100 losses which would be their 5th straight year of getting worse. Would also be willing to bet with our front office that we will still outperform them in next years draft, just like we did this year and last.

sign Dunn

go Nats

Posted by: sjm3091 | September 28, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Watch, they're gonna move him to 1b.
I'm so discouraged right now, here's my super-pessimist view of the 2011 Nats:

CF: Morgan
2B: Espinosa
1B: Flores
3B: Zimmerman
LF: Willingham
RF: Bernadina/Morse
SS: Desmond
C: Ramos/Pudge

they'll go out and lose 105 again, and Zimm will start measuring his pinstripe uniform.

Posted by: Section406 | September 28, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Good for you, Jesus. Go get 'em!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 29, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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