Nationals hope to carry third catcher
With Josh Bard having problems with his right groin, the Nationals are hoping to carry a third catcher when the roster expands in September, but there may be a stumbling block.
Washington was hoping that Jesus Flores would return to action by then, but he is still recovering from a right shoulder injury. The team doesn’t have any catching prospects except for Derek Norris, who will not be promoted to the big leagues. Instead, he will play in the Arizona Fall League.
Josh Willingham is the emergency catcher, but he will spend all of his time as the regular left fielder.
“We have talked about [having a third catcher]. It’s a nice luxury to have,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “You really can’t do it with a 25-man roster. But when the roster expands, it give you more of an option to pinch-run for somebody and you still have a catcher on the bench. We really haven’t identified who that person will be. I don’t know if we will have one or not.”