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Flores day-to-day with hamstring


Flores day-to-day with hamstring

Nationals catcher Jesus Flores is listed as day-to-day after straining his right hamstring in the team's win over Atlanta on Sunday night. Flores sustained the injury during the sixth inning on a play in which he scored a run.

Flores was replaced by backup Carlos Maldonado in the seventh inning, but told manager Davey Johnson he could have kept playing.

"I don't think it's a big deal, but we want it to be safe and avoid any risk of any serious injury," Flores told MLB.com.

Without Flores the Nats are in trouble at the catcher position as Wilson Ramos and Sandy Leon both remain out with injuries. Maldonado is expected to start Monday's game in Miami, but who backs him up is where it gets interesting.

Unless the Nats make a roster move, and if Flores is unavailable, Washington may have to go with an emergency plan. Utility man Steve Lombardozzi is said to be the next guy up and he just might get that call if the situation worsens. Bryce Harper was drafted as a catcher, but Johnson ruled out the possibility of him playing the position.

The 27-year-old Flores has settled in nicely as the team's everyday catcher. In 26 games this season he holds a .263.299.350 clip with a home run and eight RBI. He has hit safely in each of his last four games and eight of his last nine. In Sunday's game Flores had gone 3-for-4 before hurting his hamstring.

Maldonado, 33, has played in two games this season with Washington and has a walk and a RBI. He last appeared in the MLB in 2010 when he played four games for the Nats. He has 27 total games of major league experience with two brief stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Ivan Rodriguez becomes first former Nationals player to be voted into Hall of Fame

Ivan Rodriguez becomes first former Nationals player to be voted into Hall of Fame

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez became the first former Nationals player (2005-present) to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. He was inducted in his first year of eligibility, marking the 52nd first-ballot hall of famer in history. 

Rodriguez, who was the first free agent signed by current Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, played the final two seasons of his career with Washington in 2010-11. During his time in D.C. he hit .254 six homers and 68 RBI. Pudge's greatest contribution to the Nationals came from his leadership and work ethic. He guided Stephen Strasburg through his rookie season and also helped develop Wilson Ramos so he could pass the torch to him. 

During his 21-year career, Pudge made 14 all-star teams, won 13 gold gloves, won seven silver slugger awards, led his league in caught-steeling percentage nine times, and was named American League MVP in 1999 with the Texas Rangers. He became a World Series champion in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. Pudge's 13 gold gloves are the most ever by a catcher, and his 2,844 career hits are the most ever by a player who appeared in 50 percent or more of their career games as a catcher.  

In addition to Rodriguez, former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines was inducted to the Hall of Fame. Raines is the franchise leader (Expos/Nationals) in walks (793), runs (947), stolen bases (635) and triples (82). Raines was an all-star seven times and he won a silver slugger in 1986 with the Expos. He is the only player in MLB history with at least 100 triples, 150 homers and 600 RBI in a career, and the only player to steal at least 70 bases in six consecutive seasons. 

Related: Bryce Harper wants Nationals to spend money on players, not team store

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Bryce Harper wants Nationals to invest in Matt Wieters, Greg Holland more than facilities

Bryce Harper wants Nationals to invest in Matt Wieters, Greg Holland more than facilities

Bryce Harper isn't one to keep his opinions to himself. The Nationals slugger is outspoken about what he wants, whether that's to "Make Baseball Fun Again" or to make at least $400 million on his next contract

On Wednesday, he gave his take on how the Nats should be investing their money this summer. Here's Harper responding to a tweet from ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Harper's message: Players over everything else. Sorry, gift shop. 

It's plain to see where the 2015 NL MVP is going with this. Obviously, he wants as much talent around him as possible for a chance to win the World Series. 

Matt Wieters, a four-time All-Star catcher, and Greg Holland, a two-time All-Star closer, could be significant additions to Washington's roster. 

Harper is set to become a free agent in 2018, at which point an organization like the New York Yankees will be prepared to offer him both a massive salary and a massive investment in the players around him.

The slugger probably hopes his current team will try to surround him with winning pieces in an effort to keep him. But if a report about the Nationals' reaction to his contract demands proves accurate, they may have another agenda. 

There's Harper drama around the Nationals? Just a regular Wednesday here in Washington.

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