Flores' minor league contract was voided after he failed a physical on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. The 25-year-old was sent to have an MRI earlier in the week after experiencing some shoulder discomfort, and it turned out to be pretty serious, as the Cardinals decided to void his non-guaranteed contract after his physical results came in. He was a non-roster invitee for the Red Birds, and although he was likely an organizational depth piece, his hopes of catching on with another team this year now seem pretty unlikely until he's healthy.
Flores is set to have an MRI on his throwing shoulder Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Flores, who is a non-roster invitee to Cardinals camp, was sent to have an MRI after he was experiencing shoulder discomfort. It's a tough day for St. Louis pitchers, as top pitching prospect Alex Reyes also had an MRI on his throwing arm. The severity of the injury still isn't known and we will wait on the MRI results before more can be determined.
Flores signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. He joins his third organization after most recently spending two seasons in the Marlins' system. Flores saw 15.2 innings of big league work, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen. Given the Cardinals extensive starting pitching depth, it would not be surprising if they attempted to develop Flores as a reliever.
Flores was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Tuesday. The Marlins activated Justin Bour off the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, so a 40-man roster spot needed to be cleared in order to get the hard-hitting first baseman back to Miami. Flores ended up being the odd man out despite pushing for a spot in the big league bullpen before early-season shoulder issues derailed his season. The 24-year-old put together good seasons in the minor leagues in the past, so there's a good chance that he'll end up back on the 40-man roster prior to the start of next season, but for the time being, he'll have to wait for another crack at the major leagues.
Flores (shoulder) tossed five hitless innings in a game with High-A Jupiter on Monday. Flores missed roughly six weeks of action after injuring his shoulder in May, but he has recovered from his setback and is back in action. It should not be long before he moves back to Triple-A New Orleans, where he opened the season.