Here’s some news the Nats did not want to hear: Jesus Flores has been shut down for the time being with right shoulder pain, and he’s going to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.
Flores, who has been on the DL since taking a foul ball off his shoulder May 9 in Arizona, was supposed to come back this weekend. But he experienced a setback while on his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg.
Flores was examined in D.C. today by team doctor Wiemi Douoguih, who took an MRI. He’ll now fly to Birmingham Monday to get a second opinion from Andrews, the renowned orthopedist. The club has no immediate plan for the catcher, at least not until they get word from Andrews.
“Let’s let us evaluate what’s going on, the films and that type of thing,” acting GM Mike Rizzo said. “Let’s let the doctors do their job before we make any comments on the seriousness or non-seriousness of it. It was a setback. We’re going to evaluate it, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Fortunately for the Nats, Josh Bard returned from Denver today after his wife Lindsey gave birth to their third child. Karis Elizabeth Bard was born Thursday morning, so Josh was home for less than 48 hours before kissing his wife and new daughter goodbye and flying back east to rejoin the Nats. He’s in the lineup tonight, and while I’m sure he’s running on adrenaline at this point, he looks like he really needs a good night’s sleep soon.