(AP Photo by Nick Wass. Above, Jesus Flores on a stretcher in September 2008 after the infamous "Good School" collision at home plate with Chase Utley.)
See you in September, Jesus?
I believe this is what they mean by burying the lead... The headline over at Nationals.com reads "Flores overjoyed with signing of Pudge". Bill Ladson's story breezes along happily for a few paragraphs, as Jesus Flores reminds us that he is young and Pudge is old... and then, that little topic of Jesus Flores' health comes up...and then, the quote from Jesus Flores that's had NatsTown in a tizzy since late afternoon:
"I'm doing great. After surgery, I'm feeling much better. My strength is coming along. I'm moving my arm lot better. I'm going to be ready for the season. I'm completely shutdown [for Winter Ball]. I guess I will start to throw a baseball in February."
(Jesus Flores, via Nationals.com, 12/14/2009)
Jesus doesn't sound concerned. Should Nats fans be? Of course not! That's why we've got Wil Nieves!