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Nationals call up third catcher Jesus Flores to replace Ryan Zimmerman on roster

Apr 12, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

Jesus Flores

Ryan Zimmerman is headed for the disabled list with an abdominal strain and Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that the Nationals will replace him on the roster with Jesus Flores, which would give them three catchers along with Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos.

All three guys hit right-handed, so there isn’t really a natural platoon to be formed, and the Nationals have indicated recently that they’re committed to giving Ramos the majority of the action behind the plate because he’s passed Flores as the catcher of the future.

By adding a third catcher it allows manager Jim Riggleman to a) pinch-hit for a catcher without worrying about not having another catcher on the bench, and b) use Rodriguez more often at first base. The first thing is of marginal value and the second thing is of negative value, so while it’s nice to see Flores get back to the majors following two years of shoulder problems the move doesn’t make a ton of sense.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Even the addition of Jesus will not help the Nats in this upcoming series vs. the Phillies. Besides, I already thought that they have “Jesus” playing right field for them already.

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      Nah, Jesus is working his way back from TJ.

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