May 2009

Flores has setback with shoulder

Nationals catcher Jesus Flores was scheduled to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but he suffered a setback with his right shoulder and will be shut down for at least three days.

Flores is expected to fly to  Birmingham, Ala., to see Dr. James Andrews to check on the shoulder. There is no timetable as to when Flores will return to action.

“Let’s let us evaluate what’s going on with the films and let the doctor do [his job] before we talk about the seriousness of the issue,” acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. “There has been a setback. You will be updated when we know more over the next few days.

“We got an MRI and we are going to evaluate it. We’re going to get a second opinion for him on Monday.” 

Flores suffered the shoulder injury against the Diamondbacks on May 9. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the backstop was hit on the shoulder by a Chris Young foul tip. Flores was in pain for several minutes, but he remained in the game before being taken out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

— Bill Ladson and Michael Radano

Tuesday's lineup against Mets

Cristian Guzman, ss

Nick Johnson, 1b

Ryan Zimmerman, 3b

Adam Dunn, rf

Josh Willingham, lf

Willie Harris, cf

Josh Bard, c

Anderson Hernandez, 2b

Craig Stammen, p

MacDougal leaves Syracuse

Right-hander Mike MacDougal has decided to leave Triple-A Syracuse. He had an out clause in his Minor League contract that allowed him to leave the team.

However, the Nationals have until Wednesday to put him on the 25-man roster. If they don’t, MacDougal will become a free agent.  

MacDougal pitched in seven games and gave up one run in 7 1/3 innings for Syracuse.

I hope to get more information before game time.   


MacDougal set to make decision

The Nationals must make a decision on right-hander Mike MacDougal, who is currently pitching for Triple-A Syracuse. They could bring him up to the big leagues as early as Tuesday or let him become a free agent.

In fact, MacDougal has an out clause that could make him a free agent after Monday’s game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. There is a possibility MacDougal could stay with Syracuse.

I saw acting general manager Mike Rizzo before the game and he told me MacDougal has not made a decision. Entering Monday’s action, MacDougal has given up one run in 6 1/3 innings for Syracuse.     

Nick Johnson is OK

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson was back in the lineup on Monday after missing Sunday’s game with stomach pains.

Johnson said the pains occurred on Saturday night after the game against the Orioles. But it got so bad on Sunday that he had to go to the hospital. Johnson did not return to Nationals Park until the team was ready to travel to New York that evening.

“I feel like I do every other day. I feel good, real good,” Johnson said.                        


Monday's lineup against Mets

Cristian Guzman, ss

Nick Johnson, 1b

Ryan Zimmerman, 3b

Adam Dunn, lf

Austin Kearns, rf

Willie Harris, cf

Anderson Hernandez, 2b

Wil Nieves, c

John Lannan, p

Olsen getting better; Flores going to Harrisburg

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen, on the disabled list because of shoulder tendinitis, played catch recently and is expected to go to the team’s complex in Viera, Fla., to rehab the shoulder. 

Manager Manny Acta didn’t give a timetable as to when Olsen would return to action.

Meanwhile, catcher Jesus Flores is going on a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg. Acta hopes to have Flores back with the Nationals by the weekend series against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

With Flores coming back, the Nationals have to make a decision on either Josh Bard or Wil Nieves. Bard has made dramatic improvements on defense and is largely credited for helping the young pitchers such as Craig Stammen and Ross Detwiler.

Nieves is out of options and appears the least likely to go. He has done the job on offense and defense. Entering Sunday’s action, Nieves is hitting .265 with four RBIs.         

An update on Nick Johnson

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson has not been traded. He was a last-minute scratch from Sunday’s lineup because of stomach discomfort. Johnson was scheduled to bat second, but Adam Dunn ended up play first base.

The announcement about the lineup change was not made until after right-hander Shairon Martis threw the first pitch.

“He had some bad stomach pains last night,” manager Manny Acta said. “And then he showed up today with the same symptoms. We took him to the doctor to run some tests on him. The doctor found everything to be OK.”        


Where's Nick Johnson?

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson was a last-minute scratch on Sunday against the Orioles and replaced by Adam Dunn. Was Nick Johnson traded?.  I hope to learn more after the game.   

Sunday's lineup against Orioles

Cristian Guzman – SS

Nick Johnson – 1B

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Adam Dunn – RF

Josh Willingham – LF

Willie Harris – CF

Ronnie Belliard – 2B

Wil Nieves – C

Shairon Martis – P