Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Flores getting recalled
Flores was informed of his promotion after Syracuse's game Monday night at Lehigh Valley, a source familiar with the move confirmed. He'll be in uniform at Nationals Park for Tuesday night's series opener against the Phillies, his first big-league appearance since 2009.
With Zimmerman headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle and likely to be replaced at third base by Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston, the Nationals needed to add another right-handed bat to their bench. Infielder Brian Bixler was a possibility, but he's not on the club's 40-man roster and could only be added if someone else was designated for assignment or released.
Roger Bernadina, who is on the 40-man roster, also would have been a likely choice, but the outfielder missed Syracuse's first five games while tending to a family matter. He has rejoined the Chiefs, though, and would have played today had their game not been rained out.
Flores, 26, was 2-for-13 with a double and an RBI in four games with Syracuse to open the season. He hit .125 with one homer and three RBI in spring training, and team officials said they preferred he play everyday in the minors over coming off the bench in Washington after missing most of the last two seasons with a shoulder injury.
Flores last appeared in a big-league game in September 2009, when he made three pinch-hitting appearances but was unable to do more due to lingering pain in his surgically repaired shoulder. He last played regularly in May 2009, when a foul ball off his shoulder caused the initial injury.
Whether Flores sees much time behind the plate during this stint remains to be seen. The Nationals want to give Wilson Ramos as many starts as possible, with veteran Ivan Rodriguez serving as the club's No. 2 catcher.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 1:10 PM