Nationals C Flores likely to begin season on DL

Nationals catcher Jesus Flores is likely to begin the season on
the disabled list because his surgically repaired shoulder has been
slow to heal.

Washington is sending Flores to Birmingham, Ala., to have Dr.
James Andrews take another look at his right shoulder. Manager Jim
Riggleman said Wednesday he expects Flores to spend at least 10
days away from the club while undergoing tests.

Flores hit .301 in 93 at-bats last season, then had surgery to
repair a torn labrum in September. The Nationals signed Ivan
Rodriguez during the offseason partially as insurance in case
Flores did recover as quickly as expected.

Riggleman says the Nationals won’t be able to get him in enough
games to ensure he’s ready for the start of the season.