That’s what Jesus Flores told Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider when asked if he’d be ready to appear in a game before the end of the spring.
Flores is currently rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery and has only progressed to playing catch from 120 feet. As the Grapefruit League schedule begins, he’s understandably deflated:
“It’s really frustrating,” he said. “I wish I could play. But I have to
make sure I’m 100 percent first. I don’t want to play half the season
and then get injured again.”
Flores, 24, got off to a tremendous start last season, .311/.382/.522 with four home runs and 15 RBI over his first 90 at-bats, but suffered a stress fracture in his right shoulder in May. He tried to give it a go in September, but only had three at-bats before undergoing season-ending surgery on his labrum and elbow.
With Flores sidelined indefinitely, now we’ll get to find out if the Ivan Rodriguez signing was the head-scratcher everyone thought it was this winter. Sounds like it might be a while.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: