Jesus Flores struggling against Dodgers

It’s been a rare occasion this season where the Nationals have had to deal with a team running all over them. But then, they’ve only played four games this season where neither Wilson Ramos nor Ivan Rodriguez started behind the plate.

The fourth of those games came today, with Jesus Flores catching against the Dodgers. And two years after looking like the Nationals’ solution at catcher for a long time, Flores appears like he’s got little left.

The Dodgers have stolen two bases off him in the first three innings today. And after bobbling Danny Espinosa’s relay throw home on an Aaron Miles single in the first inning, he made a weak throw to second that allowed Miles to take second base. The Nationals were concerned this spring that Flores’ shoulder hadn’t completely rebounded from surgery that kept him out for all of 2010, and right now, it looks like it hasn’t.

With Ramos looking like the Nationals’ new answer at the catching position - and a pipeline in the minors that includes Jhonatan Solano and Derek Norris - Flores could find himself getting passed up.

The Nationals trail the Dodgers 3-1 after three innings. Jason Marquis has allowed four hits to Los Angeles, and Michael Morse has the Nationals’ only RBI.