New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores was activated off the disabled list and will start Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at third base in place of David Wright.
Flores, out since May 12 with a strained left hamstring, began a brief rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton earlier this week. He will start at third base as Wright battles a neck injury that is unrelated to his spinal stenosis condition.
Manager Terry Collins said the Mets could use Flores as an option at first base with Lucas Duda out several weeks with a stress fracture in his back and the newly-acquired James Loney not expected to be activated until Tuesday.
However, Collins added that while Flores has learned a little first base from Keith Hernandez, he will let Flores play the infield positions he is more familiar with for the time being.
"I think he'll be fine there," Collins said. "He's gotten maybe not the number of reps on the field that you might want. But he's played the middle of the infield, so we know he's got athleticism. ... With David being out for a couple of days, I thought we'll just let Flo play at the position we know he's more comfortable, and that's third base. If David is fine in a couple of days, we'll make the transition over."
The Mets demoted Matt Reynolds, who went 1 for 10 in eight games with the Mets, to Triple-A Las Vegas.