The Nationals officially put third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain today, making a bit of a surprise move to replace him. They recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse, giving them another right-handed bat off the bench.
The Nationals only have Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston to play third base, though Michael Morse did see some time there in spring training. But they badly needed another right-hander; they otherwise had to use catchers Wilson Ramos and Ivan Rodriguez as a pinch hitter if Hairston was playing center field. Having Flores means the Nationals won't have to use their only backup catcher as their primary pinch hitter.