Thursday, April 21, 2011
Flores optioned, Bixler likely coming up
The club will promote another player before tomorrow night's game in Pittsburgh, and Syracuse infielder Brian Bixler is the likely choice. Bixler was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning of today's 14-0 loss at Pawtucket, was not injured and was not on the team bus after the game, according to an organizational source.
The Nationals need another infielder in place before Ian Desmond goes on paternity leave. Desmond's wife, Chelsey, is due to give birth to the couple's first child any day.
Bixler is not currently on the 40-man roster, so the Nationals will need to remove another player to make room for him. They'll also be able to promote someone else from the minors to take Desmond's spot while the shortstop is away from the club for up to three days.
Flores went 1-for-2 in his brief stint back in the majors, appearing twice as a pinch-hitter. Team officials have wanted the 26-year-old to get regular at-bats, and he wasn't seeing much action in the majors with Wilson Ramos and Ivan Rodriguez already on the roster.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 5:05 PM