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That’s the same approach Flores brought to his wait to play each day again. A backup is not how he envisions himself, not how he talks, not how he acts.

During the rehabilitation, returning to a starting job — not just returning — was his goal. He’s more confident, mentally and physically. He’s more focused, expecting to play when he arrives at the ballpark instead of watching from the dugout.

“Since last year, I started building and preparing myself and waiting,” Flores said, “to have another chance.”

That chance is now.