The Washington Times - June 2, 2009, 05:35PM

This day isn’t getting any better for the Nationals. Catcher Jesus Flores, who has been out since May 15 with what was originially thought to be a right shoulder contusion, actually has a stress fracture in his shoulder that could keep him out three months and possibly for the rest of the season, acting general manager Mike Rizzo said today.

Flores was examined Monday by surgeon James Andrews, who confirmed the stress fracture team doctor Wiemi Douoguih saw in his latest examination of Flores. The Nationals didn’t see the stress fracture in their first MRI of Flores’ shoulder, and he had started a rehab assignment at Class AA Harrisburg with the goal of returning for last Friday’s game against the Phillies.


The catcher won’t need surgery, but the injury will take time to heal. He won’t be able to resume baseball activities for at least six weeks.

“It’s a bad day for the organization,” Rizzo said. “It’s not a devastating injury, but it will take time to heal. It’s a big chunk out of his season.”