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.