Mets infielder Wilmer Flores has been shut down for the season due to early onset arthritis in both knees, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday.
Flores had been sent back to New York on Wednesday to have pain in his knees examined, with Callaway calling the pain "bilateral" and noting that Flores has been dealing with the issue for a while.
The 27-year-old Flores hit .267/.319/.417 with 11 homers in 126 games this season while getting time at first base, second base, third base, and designated hitter. Flores had been serving mainly as a pinch-hitter since Sept. 8, with just one hit in his last 10 at-bats.
Depending on the severity of Flores' knee issues, he could be a non-tender candidate after the season.
Flores is earning $3.4 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for a final time next season, after which he can become a free agent