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Posted at 2:52 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Wilson Ramos taking the lead over Jesus Flores?

By Adam Kilgore

One of the few races that truly bears watching this spring is the competition between Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores to backup, and most likely eventually split time with, Ivan Rodriguez. Today, Manager Jim Riggleman gave what could be interpreted as an endorsement for Ramos.

"The thing is, Ramos has just been playing so well," Riggleman said. "It's not necessarily a separation between Ramos and Flores. The guys who have swung the bat the best of anybody in camp are really [Brian] Bixler, [Michael] Morse and Ramos. They've kind of separated themselves from everybody. But it's spring training."

With 12 games down and 18 to go, Ramos has received more playing time, and has done more with it, than Flores. Ramos is regarded as the better defensive catcher of the two, a fact accentuated by Flores's continued re-acclimation behind the plate following the year he spent recovering from shoulder injuries.

But Ramos has also easily performed better at the plate. Ramos is 6 for 16 with a double and a walk. Flores is 0 for 9 for three walks. Riggleman did not go so far as to declare Ramos the leader, but that's certainly how it looks.

>>> Ryan Zimmerman is back in the lineup after missing three days with a sore abdominal muscle, and Jayson Werth is in there, too. Here's the full lineup for tonight's game against the Astros, which is being broadcast on MASN at 6:05:

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Jayson Werth, RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Rick Ankiel, LF
6. Michael Morse, 1B
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Jesus Flores, DH
9. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B
-- Livan Hernandez, SP

That's a made-for-TV, seven-regular lineup. Also, Ross Detwiler will pitch the final four innings tonight, following Hernandez.

By Adam Kilgore  | March 11, 2011; 2:52 PM ET
 
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Comments

Livo and Detwiler both tonight??? I am thinking shutout tonight.

Posted by: hansenjo | March 11, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I will definitely be a couch potato tonight!

I was going to wait for the print paper to read the Harper article, but couldn't resist clicking on that link today. What a great piece! Thanks Dave.

Posted by: NatsFly | March 11, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Adam,

Thanks for the update on the catching battle, can you write on the backup IF battle between Hairston, Gonzalez, Bixler and Cora?

Also, can you write about the OF battle between Morgan, Brown, Bernadina, Morse and Ankiel?

Posted by: markfd | March 11, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Adam,

Are you thinking that Morgan and Ankiel have won spots over Bernadina and Morse? Seems to me that this lineup is missing LaRoche, Espinosa, and Bernadina (hopefully in center and with Morse in Left). I also hope that Ramos is the regular catcher soon.

Posted by: stantonpark | March 11, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I think it's going to take time for Flores to get his timing and stroke back, maybe Syracuse await's who knows.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 11, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I will definitely be a couch potato tonight!

Posted by: NatsFly | March 11, 2011 3:05 PM

Yep

Nats
Maryland-Duke
Canes-Caps
UConn-Syracuse
Purdue-Mich St
Even a good lacrosse game on TV, UNC-Princeton

Posted by: Kev29 | March 11, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Are you thinking that Morgan and Ankiel have won spots over Bernadina and Morse?

Posted by: stantonpark | March 11, 2011 3:13 PM

I think by "seven regular lineup" he meant; Morgan, Desmond, Werth, Zim, Morse, Pudge and Livo (opening day starter). Not necessarily what positions they will play - just that they project to be opening day starters.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 11, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

LaRoche has not figured in a lot of the games so far. Is he nursing some nagging injury or something? Did I miss something?

Posted by: jedd_narsavage | March 11, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Espinosa played two games yesterday - probably getting a breather tonight. But what's up with LaRoche not up to form and not getting any real time in the field yet.

Posted by: burnedonce | March 11, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

LaRoche certainly crushed a ball yesterday against the Mets.

Posted by: Section314 | March 11, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

LaRoche has not figured in a lot of the games so far. Is he nursing some nagging injury or something? Did I miss something?

Posted by: jedd_narsavage | March 11, 2011 4:06 PM

LaRoche had a bit of a sore shoulder earlier in camp. I don't think it's too serious, but enough to limit a veteran's time on the field (like Zim).

Posted by: Kev29 | March 11, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I've felt all along that Flores would go to Syracuse, where he could play 5+ games a week, rather than DC where he would play 2 - 3 games a week. This is better for him for now.

Good that Morse keeps getting a little 1B playing time. Seems like they've settled that he can be the backup 1B.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 11, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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