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He said he would be willing to still play in the minor league accelerated spring training games to get more at bats.

“I have no problem going there every day and playing in those games just to get my at bats,” he said.

Perez arrives

Veteran left-hander Odalis Perez practiced with his new team for the first time and said he is more prepared this spring than in any previous season of his nine-year career.

“I have been working real hard,” he said. “I wanted to come to spring training and show them I still have a lot to give. The way I feel physically, mentally, I am hungry and this is going to be one of my best years in the big leagues. This is the first time in my career that I worked so hard. I want to show to this team that I can give a lot of good games.”

Perez, 31, received a nonguaranteed minor league contract. He will earn $850,000, with incentives kicking in at 20 starts.

Catchers won’t be ready

Neither Paul Lo Duca nor Johnny Estrada, the Nationals two catchers, will be ready to play for the first exhibition game against the Florida Marlins on Friday.

Lo Duca is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery three weeks ago, while Estrada is coming back from offseason knee and elbow surgeries.

“I don’t think Johnny will be ready to catch games at the start of exhibition,” manager Manny Acta said. “Neither one of them is going to be ready.”

That means Jesus Flores, last year’s backup catcher who has yet to report to camp because of visa problems, likely will get the most of the early catching, along with four catchers who are nonroster invitees — Humberto Cota, Wil Nieves, Javier Herrera and Chad Moeller.

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