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Not a good day for the Nats

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The Nationals have endured through some rough days already this season. Today won’t rank among the better ones, though.

To recap…

— Jesus Flores was shut down with right shoulder pain and will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday. The Nats have gone 3-16 since their catcher first got hurt. Now they face the very real possibility he’ll be out for much longer. Yikes.

— Elijah Dukes was threatened with jail time if he doesn’t pay nearly $40,000 by 5 p.m. June 5. A Hillsborough County Court judge issued that decree today, according to the Tampa Tribune. It’s a similar case to the one Dukes dealt with in January, when he avoided 90 days in jail by making a child support payment with three minutes to spare. This time he’s only being asked to pay lawyer fees for his estranged wife. You can debate whether this is fair or unfair, but the fact remains: Dukes has a lot more to deal with than only baseball, and really, at this tenuous stage of his career he really should only be focusing on baseball.

— Oh yeah, the Nats lost another game, this one by a 5-4 count to the Phillies. There were some positives. Ross Detwiler threw strikes (though many of them were belted by the Phillies for base hits). They rallied to score three runs in the sixth and draw within a run (but failed to push across the tying run despite several chances). But as Josh Willingham explained, there was no solace to be taken from another loss. “It’s all about winning,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter how. It doesn’t matter how you lose either, if you get beat 10-0 or if you get beat 9-8 where you came back in the ninth and scored six runs. It doesn’t really matter. It’s all about the wins and losses. So it’s frustrating.”

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