The Washington Times - March 3, 2009, 09:53AM

Good morning from Space Coast Stadium, where it’s currently 53 degrees with a 60 percent chance of focusing on baseball today. After the Nationals returned from a day off yesterday, the clubhouse was filled with the normal baseball chatter—though there was still some lingering talk about the events of the last week.

But as the Nationals get ready for an exhibition game against Team Italy (it’s funny that even in spring training, the game received special mention as an exhibition), things appear to be reaching a state of normalcy.


In that spirit, here’s this morning’s baseball minutae:

—The MRI on Jesus Flores’ strained right elbow showed the injury was mild, and Manny Acta said the catcher won’t do any activity for four or five days, just to let things settle down.

—Reliever Jorge Sosa is still having visa problems, and is stuck in the Dominican Republic instead of arriving at Nats camp.

—With the elimination of the Nationals’ accelerated minor league camp, the team will wait longer than usual before making its first round of cuts—simply because there’s nowhere to send players until minor-leaguers report at the end of next week. “That was a big help,” Acta said of the minor-league camp. “We’ll just keep guys here a little longer and see guys earlier.”