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.