ATLANTA -- Braves center fielder Andruw Jones has won nine consecutive Gold Gloves and he said he wouldn't have won any of them without Nationals bench coach Pat Corrales, who was a first base and bench coach in Atlanta during most of Jones' 12 years in the big leagues.

Jones showed his appreciation recently by giving Corrales an autographed glove which included all the years that Jones won the award. It also had the following words: "To Pat Corrales, thanks for everything." It was Corrales who taught Jones how to look over scouting reports and play defense the right way.

Corrales called the glove one of his "most prized possessions."

"Pat was here when I first arrived," Jones said. "He taught me so much, from defense to offense. It was just showing my appreciation. I just gave him my game-used glove."

Today, Corrales is tutoring rookie catcher Jesus Flores, and Jones is not surprised that Flores is having success behind the plate and with the bat under Corrales' tutelage.

"Pat was a former catcher and he knows how to handle (the position)," Jones said.

It's no secret that Jones is a free agent after the season, and the Nationals are rumored to be interested because of his relationship with Corrales and team president Stan Kasten. Jones said he is not thinking about his future beyond 2007.

Asked if he would like to be reunited with Corrales and Kasten, Jones said, "The season is almost over, but it's stuff I'm not thinking about. I'm just trying to get my team into the playoffs.

"I would like to stay with one team for the rest of my career, but if things are different, and you have to move on and go to another team, why not play for people that you know? But I'm not thinking about that right now. I want to get this team back in a groove and hopefully get the Wild Card."

Injury report: Right-hander Tim Redding said that his right elbow is feeling much better. While the elbow is still "achy," he has his range of motion, and the swelling has subsided. It helped that Redding was able to ice the elbow a full day on Thursday and wear a compression sleeve.

"It's positive. It's on the up and up," Redding said. "We thought the range of motion would return in two to three days, but we got it [before the third day]. Things seem to be going slightly ahead of schedule."

Redding is hoping that he can start throwing a baseball by Sunday or sometime next week.

On Wednesday, Redding left the game against the Marlins because of a right lateral elbow contusion. He is expected be out seven to 10 days.

While Cristian Guzman would like to play the final two weeks of the season, manager Manny Acta said there is no timetable for Guzman's return. Acta made it clear that he does not want to rush Guzman back to the field.

Guzman has not played a Major League game since June 24 after tearing ligaments in his left thumb.

"There is no timetable. Cristian just started taking ground balls and he is just swinging off a tee -- some soft toss. We are not going to put a timetable on that one," Acta said. "I just don't want to rush him. If he can rehab and be pain-free -- get him enough at-bats in simulated games -- and he wants to go out there badly, that would be good. But other than that, I would prefer him to heal completely and play winter ball."

Acta pointed out that playing in the Dominican Winter League will make up for lost time.

We're No. 1: The Dominican Summer League Nationals won the DSL championship over the DSL Yankees, taking the final game, 5-3, which made Acta very happy.

The DSL Nationals are managed by Sergio Mendez and are loaded with talented young pitchers such as Marcos Frias and Carlos Peralta.

Stat of the day: Entering Friday's action, Nook Logan had a .441 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Did you know? Entering the series against the Braves, the Nationals are 5-14-3 in road series.

Coming up: The Nationals play the second game of a three-game series against the Braves on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Washington left-hander Matt Chico will face Atlanta southpaw Chuck James.