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.