Couple injury updates from Philadelphia:
Catcher Jesus Flores, who has been out all season while trying to rehab from surgery to repair a torn labrum, has been cleared by Dr. James Andrews to start a 4-6 week throwing program tomorrow, and he’ll start swinging a bat soon after that.
General manager Mike Rizzo said Flores has been doing conditioning, treatments and weight-lifting with the team’s rehab specialist in Viera, Fla.
Rizzo did not have a timetable for when Flores might start a rehab assignment, but if it’s right after the throwing program, he could be ready to return by mid-to-late June.
Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is still progressing with his throwing program without any setbacks, Rizzo said. The starter, who signed a $2 million deal with the Nationals in the offseason, is on the 60-day disabled list until early June, but should still be on track to return shortly after that.
The Nationals spoke to outfielder Jermaine Dye’s agent about a contract, but haven’t had any discussions with him in a while, a club source said.
The team’s sabermetrics analysis found that the Nationals will be better with a platoon of Willie Harris and Willy Taveras in right field than they would be with Dye, just because of his defensive limitations.
The live thread will be ready to go in a little bit - right after I hit up the press dining at Citizens Bank Park. Keep your fingers crossed that the chocolate pretzel ice cream is available today.