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Jesus Flores has been participating in full in the Florida instructional league.
Flores, still rehabbing from a shoulder injury that dates back to May 2009, has been participating in full in the instructional league. He homered in his first game, has driven several other balls off the fence and has thrown to all bases with no troubles.
"He's hitting the ball very well at the plate, as expected," Mike Rizzo said. "He's making throws to all the bases. He caught six innings yesterday. He's getting into the swing of catching every day. He's full-go to do everything."
Flores is expected to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, then report to spring training and battle for a roster spot alongside Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos.
Rizzo clearly hasn't given up on the 25-year-old, who in 192 career games owns a .260 average, .313 on-base percentage and .719 OPS.
"I see him as a full-time, everyday catcher," the GM said. "I still see him as a front-line catching prospect. When he's healthy, he's proven that he can be an everyday catcher in the big leagues."
Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, meanwhile, has not yet thrown in an instructional league game but has thrown to live hitters and will pitch in the league, Rizzo said.