Nationals catcher Jesus Flores, whose laundry list of injuries has kept him out for a year and half already, has been shut down from his throwing program again in Viera, Fla, general manager Mike Rizzo said on MASN’s broadcast of tonight’s Nationals game. Flores had surgery to repair a torn labrum last fall, and has missed all of the season while trying to build strength in his shoulder.
While Rizzo said on the broadcast that the Nationals hope to get Flores going again after the All-Star break, my guess is they won’t see him in the majors this year. If he’s still got to go through a throwing program, he could be too late for a minor-league rehab stint. If that happened, he could come to the Nationals in September, but would do so having not played in a game in a year.
And if Flores doesn’t play again this year, it’s conceivable we’ve seen him in a Nationals uniform for the last time. He’s arbitration-eligible after the season, though he’d be relatively cheap to bring back. But after putting in as much time as they have with the injury-prone catcher, the Nationals could decide to cut their losses.