After long recovery, Flores finally feeling good

After long recovery, Flores finally feeling good

WASHINGTON -- Nationals catcher Jesus Flores is showing signs of being the productive player he was before injuring his shoulder on a foul tip hit off the bat of D-Backs center fielder Chris Young in May 2009. Flores ended up missing almost two years because of the shoulder injury.

On Saturday against the Mets, Flores had his best game of the season, going 3-for-4, driving in a run in an 8-7 victory.

"Flo had a good game. He is really starting to come back around to what he did a couple of years ago before he was hurt," third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "It's good to see Flo do that kind of stuff."

Before the shoulder injury, Flores was having his best season in '09, hitting .301 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

Flores feels like he is the player he once was. The difference now is, he's a backup.

"I feel 100 percent back to where I want to be -- defensively, offensively," Flores said. "Baseball has a lot of ups and downs. I just need to make the adjustments, be patient, be positive. It's going to be better the next day."