VIERA, Fla. -- In need of a catcher, the Astros are looking at Jesus Flores as a possible replacement for Jason Castro -- who is out for the season because of a knee injury -- according to a baseball source.
However, Houston is concerned about Flores' right shoulder, which has kept him off the diamond for almost two years. Flores is healthy now, but has yet to be challenged in terms of trying to throw out runners this spring.
For the first time since moving to Washington, the Nats have catching depth and could trade Flores.
Ivan Rodriguez will start the season as Washington's Opening Day catcher, while Wilson Ramos is considered the team's backstop of the future. Derek Norris most likely will start the season in the Minors. According to many in the Nats' organization, Norris already has a big league bat, but is making strides behind the plate.