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New York Mets' Wilmer Flores (4) connects for a base hit to drive in the winning run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the tenth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. The Mets won 4-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Mets' Wilmer Flores (4) connects for a base hit to drive in the winning run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the tenth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. The Mets won 4-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

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. 

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores has been sent back to New York to have pain in his knees examined, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday.

The pain is "bilateral," according to Callaway, who said Flores has been dealing with the issue for a while. Callaway added that If everything checks out well, Flores could return as soon as Thursday.

The 27-year-old Flores is hitting .267/.319/.417 with 11 homers in 126 games this season while getting time at first base, second base, third base, and designated hitter. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)

Zack Wheeler struck out nine over seven innings and Amed Rosario had three hits as the Mets took the rubber game of the series with the Dodgers, 7-3, Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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1) Wheeler (10-7) won for the eighth time in nine starts after allowing three runs on three hits -- including two homers -- and two walks. The right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced before a Justin Turner line drive ricocheted off his chest for an infield single. Max Muncy followed with a monstrous two-run homer. Wheeler surrendered more than two runs in a game for the first time in nine starts.

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New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jerry Blevins has cleared recovable waivers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who noted that Wilmer Flores had also cleared -- as first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. 

With Blevins and Flores both clearing, the Mets are free to trade them to any team. 

August 31 is the deadline to trade players in order for them to be eligible for the postseason roster for their new team.

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Throwback Thursday: Flores 00:00:35
In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday, SNY travels back to 2013, when Wilmer Flores was learning new positions in Triple-A Las Vegas.

In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday, SNY travels back to 2013, when Wilmer Flores was learning new positions in Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Gary and Ron talk Jeff McNeil 00:01:45
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Jeff McNeil?s offensive impact on the Mets so far and how he fits in the team?s plans moving forward.

Jeff McNeil, Austin Jackson and birthday-boy Wilmer Flores combined for nine hits, a homer and four RBIs to lead the Mets past the Reds, 6-4, on Monday night at Citi Field.

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1) Flores and Jackson each had RBI hits during New York's three-run first inning. They both added two more singles and an RBI apiece to help the Mets open a 5-0 lead. McNeil singled twice and went deep in the sixth for his second big league home run. The 26-year-old has eight hits in his last 12 at-bats (.667) with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs. He's hitting .364 (12-for-33) through his first 12 games in the Majors.

 

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The guys talk Corey Oswalt 00:01:34
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the merits of keeping Corey Oswalt in the starting rotation.

Devin Mesoraco hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, but Nick Markakis answered with a solo home run in the 10th inning to propel the Braves to a 5-4 win over the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here. 

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1) The Mets watched their 3-0 lead evaporate by the seventh inning and found themselves playing catch-up in the ninth. Atlanta scored a run in the fifth, two in the seventh, and took a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning before Mesoraco's home run saved the Mets for one more inning.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jerry Blevins, Jose Reyes, Paul Sewald, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets 1B Wilmer Flores left Tuesday's game against the Nationals in the first inning due to dehydration and dizziness, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Flores left with one out in the bottom of the first after he was unable to field two balls at first base. He hit a double in the top of the inning.

Flores was replaced by Phillip Evans, who has never played first base.

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and the Mets did not make any moves.

After trading Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera last week, the Mets were open to dealing Zack Wheeler, Wilmer Flores, Jose Bautista, and Devin Mesoraco, with the latter two also candidates to be dealt through waivers in August.

As far as Wheeler, the Mets hadn't been getting offers they deemed acceptable, with teams looking to pay for what Wheeler's full history is and the Mets placing a greater emphasis on Wheeler's 2018 season and the value he currently has, SNY's Andy Martino had reported.

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

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With slightly more than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline, here is the very latest on the Mets:

  • As we wrote Saturday, the tone has shifted on Zack Wheeler. He is in heavy demand, but other teams are valuing him based on his body of work, not his recent performance. The Mets remain open to trading him, but are far less likely to do so than they were a few days ago.
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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With slightly more than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline, here is the very latest on the Mets:

  • As we wrote Saturday, the tone has shifted on Zack Wheeler. He is in heavy demand, but other teams are valuing him based on his body of work, not his recent performance. The Mets remain open to trading him, but are far less likely to do so than they were a few days ago.
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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino welcome former Mets executive and SNY contributor Adam Fisher to the show to discuss the Jeurys Familia deal, the prospect of trading Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler, and the effect of Yoenis Cespedes' season-ending surgery.

Don't forget -- Doug and Andy want to hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

Click below to listen...

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Flores hits two-run homer 00:00:13
Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores skies a two-run home run over the left-center field wall to open the scoring against the Pirates.

Mets' Wilmer Flores skies a two-run home run over the left field wall.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Mets past the Phillies, 4-3, in the first game of Monday's doubleheader at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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1) Pinch-hitting for Tim Peterson, Flores connected on his eighth home run and his eighth career walk-off hit and franchise-record 10th walk-off RBI. It marked the fourth walk-off for Flores this season and his second via a homer. It was the Mets' second walk-off homer of the homestand after Jose Bautista's grand slam Friday night.

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Flores crushes walk-off home run 00:00:50
Wilmer Flores launches a game-winning solo home run off the left field foul pole to become the Mets all-time leader in walk-off hits.

It's now not only an expression: Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is the king of the walk-off.

Flores hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, his eighth-career walk-off hit and 10th walk-off RBI, which surpassed David Wright for the most in franchise history.

"It never gets old," Flores said after the game.

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Gary and Keith talk bad offense 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets' struggling offense and their poor situational hitting.

The Mets' offense couldn't capitalize with runners in scoring position and failed to score a run in a 3-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder T.J. Rivera will make his return from Tommy John surgery on Thursday night when he serves as the designated hitter for High-A St. Lucie.

Rivera had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last September after initially trying to rehab the injury. He was previously aiming to return by May, but that was pushed back.

The 29-year-old Rivera played in 73 games for the Mets last season and played second base, first base, third base, and left field. He hit 290/.330/.430 with five HR, 13 doubles, and 27 RBI. 

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

I still can't find anyone in baseball that believes the Mets will deal Jacob deGrom this summer, even though the organization is currently seeing back-channel interest in him and Noah Syndergaard.

Why won't deGrom be traded? Here are the three most common reasons I heard from rival insiders..

1) Fill-in GMs J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco are both expected to interview this October when ownership begins vetting candidates to be their new, permanent GM. In that case, it will be much more safe for Ricciardi and Ricco to keep their aces and, instead, pitch a more thoughtful plan to ownership this winter. Because, if they make a mistake now and botch a deal for deGrom today, they can kiss goodbye their chances of ever becoming the team's GM...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 18, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) hits an RBI single against the Miami Marlins during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 18, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) hits an RBI single against the Miami Marlins during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores may be enjoying recent success at the plate, but is that a bad thing if he wants to stay in New York?

Normally this would be the opposite, however, the Mets don't have playoff hopes on the horizon which means they could trade off assets that are performing well.

The last time Flores thought he was traded away nearly three years ago, he cried in front of Mets fans as he didn't want to leave the only team he has known in the MLB. That sentiment has not changed for Flores...

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Gary and Keith discuss the shift 00:02:33
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the problems the Mets have had against defensive shifts, and how the shifts have changed the game.

The Mets couldn't respond to a six-run third inning, as they dropped the series opener to the Marlins, 8-2, in Miami. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

 

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Asdrubal Cabrera (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Asdrubal Cabrera (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets were looking for back-to-back wins heading into Wednesday night's matchup against the Pirates, and the offense certainly showed up to do so.

Wilmer Flores, who was the hero in Tuesday night's extra-inning walkoff victory, launched a solo homer to left field for his sixth on the season in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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SNY's Gary Cohen dubbed Wilmer Flores the "King of the Walk-Off" after his walk-off single on Tuesday night. And the moniker matches the facts.

Tuesday night's walk-off was the ninth of Flores' career, tying him with David Wright for the most in Mets history. And Flores has done it in roughly 5,000 fewer at-bats than Wright. 

Flores' nine walk-off RBI since 2014 (including three this season) is the most in the majors during that span.

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Gary, Ron & Keith on Alderson 00:01:57
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the legacy of GM Sandy Alderson, who is stepping down as he battles big health issues.

Wilmer Flores' RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Pirates and put an end to their seven-game losing streak on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Flores snuck a ball down the left-field line that scored Michael Conforto with one out in the 10th for his third RBI of the game. It was his third walk-off hit this season and the ninth of his career, tying David Wright for the most in franchise history. Flores singled in the first two runs of the game in the first.

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Mets INF Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Flores hits a three-run jack 00:00:18
Wilmer Flores' pinch-hit, three-run homer to left field gets the Mets to within one-run of the Pirates in the seventh inning Monday.

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday's game against the Pirates to turn a 5-1 deficit into a one-run game.

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Flores' RBI double 00:00:18
Wilmer Flores drives in the tying run with a RBI Double to deep center field in the third inning.

Mets 1B Wilmer Flores drove in Brandon Nimmo with a double to center field in the third inning.

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New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After a slow start to his season and three weeks on the disabled list with a back injury, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Mets infielder Wilmer Flores's return.

But he has put those concerns to bed, with two doubles, two walks, and a home run over the last week, raising the question of what he can be for the Mets -- or for other teams -- as the season wears on.

Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Flores had been a disappointing piece of the Mets' offense. He had put up his lowest batting average since his debut season and showed a significant dip in power as well. Moreover, he was putting up exceptionally poor numbers against left-handed pitching, in stark contrast to prior seasons.

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster. 

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue...

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores is back with the team after completing his DL stint for lower back soreness. The Mets have optioned Ty Kelly to the minors to make room for Flores. 

Flores was rehabbing with Single-A Port St. Lucie on Tuesday night, where he went 1-for-3 with a double. He has been on the DL since May 28 with his back injury. 

When Flores landed on the DL, assistant GM John Ricco said Flores has dealt with a "disc" issue, which caused the soreness in his lower back. 

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New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores went 1-for-3 with a double in a rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night.

It was the first rehab game for Flores, who has been on the disabled list since May 28 with back soreness.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported that the plan is for Flores to rejoin the Mets at some point during their 10-game road trip.

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

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 (Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)
(Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)

According to assistant GM John Ricco, Mets INF Wilmer Flores has a "disc" issue which is causing the soreness in his lower back. 

The Mets announced on Monday that Flores hit the 10-day DL with a sore lower back. He had to leave Sunday's game after feeling lower back soreness, and manager Mickey Callaway said that he had been battling that injury last week as well. Flores traveled back to New York to have his back examined.

Flores has been playing third recently with Todd Frazier on the DL himself with a hamstring injury. Luis Guillorme, who replaced Flores at third on Sunday, could be the next-best option with Jose Reyes on the bench as well. 

 

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 (Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)
(Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)

According to assistant GM John Ricco, Mets INF Wilmer Flores has a "disc" issue which is causing the soreness in his lower back. 

The Mets announced on Monday that Flores hit the 10-day DL with a sore lower back. He had to leave Sunday's game after feeling lower back soreness, and manager Mickey Callaway said that he had been battling that injury last week as well. Flores traveled back to New York to have his back examined.

Flores has been playing third recently with Todd Frazier on the DL himself with a hamstring injury. Luis Guillorme, who replaced Flores at third on Sunday, could be the next-best option with Jose Reyes on the bench as well. 

 

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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

After a slew of injurires, the Mets have recalled C Kevin Plawecki, RHP Hansel Robles, and INF Phillip Evans ahead of their doubleheader against the Braves on Monday. 

Plawecki, who has been out since April 11, returns to the Mets after rehabbing the hairline fracture in his right hand. He sustained the injury after getting hit during an at-bat. He recently caught nine innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, and belted a two-run homer on Wednesday night. 

Tomas Nido was sent down to make room for Plawecki...

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores left Sunday's game against the Brewers with lower back soreness. 

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May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the second inning as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz (15) watches at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the second inning as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz (15) watches at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets had some bright spots on offense in a 17-6 loss to the Brewers on Saturday afternoon.  

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Ramirez a fit for the Mets? 00:02:06
The BNNY panel discusses the recent DFA of Hanley Ramirez and if the Mets should be interested in him or not in 2018.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Word this afternoon is that the Mets are unlikely to pursue Hanley Ramirez, once the Boston Red Sox release him. The Sox designated Ramirez for assignment earlier today, and are not expected to find a trade partner, meaning that Ramirez will be a free agent after seven days.

Why not the Mets, you ask?

Well, a few hours ago I was preparing to write a column arguing for this configuration: Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Michael Conforto in center, Jay Bruce and Brandon Nimmo in right, and Bruce and Ramirez platooning at first.

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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) took batting practice on Monday for the first time since landing on the DL on May 8. The 32-year-old Frazier was eligible to return from the DL this Friday.

While Frazier is progressing, he will need to run before the Mets clear him for a rehab assignment, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Monday night's game. 

In Frazier's absence, the Mets have been using a combination of Wilmer Flores, Luis Guillorme, and Jose Reyes at third base. 

Tags: Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) told reporters on Saturday that he does not know when he will return from the disabled list.

Frazier said a rehab assignment has not yet been scheduled.

The 32-year-old Frazier, who was placed on the 10-day DL on May 8, was eligible to return from the DL on Friday.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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Mets manager Mickey Callaway and infielder Wilmer Flores talk about the team's recent struggles at the plate.

The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Things got weird for the Mets in the top of the first inning against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon when they batted out of order and were charged with an out -- leaving Asdrubal Cabrera at second base.

The Mets' lineup card in the dugout (and in the Reds' dugout) had Brandon Nimmo leading off, followed by Wilmer Flores second and Cabrera third. However, the lineup card the Mets delivered to the umpires before the game had Nimmo, followed by Cabrera and Flores.

After Cabrera doubled with two outs in the first inning, Reds manager Jim Riggleman alerted the umpires, who charged the Mets with an out. That wasn't the end of the confusion, though...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Despite Monday night's much-needed seven-spot, put up in the hitter's paradise of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets have a serious offense problem.

While the pitching has been a problem -- a 5.13 ERA over the last two weeks -- unless the bats can turn it on, the team is going to find itself losing a lot of games, whether it's 2-0 or 11-0.

After a hot start, the Mets hit a serious offensive wall in mid-April that culminated in a six-game losing streak last week during which they were shut out three times in four days. Since April 14, they have a team OPS of just .665, which ranks 28th in baseball. By that measure, the fact that they somehow managed to score 84 runs in that stretch -- 23rd in baseball -- is almost impressive.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Jose Reyes, who is adjusting to a bench role, began the season by going 0-for-20 through April 19. Since then, he's gone 5-for-12 with a home run.

Overall, Reyes is hitting .156/.206/.250. And though his BABIP is an impossibly low .148 and some improvement on the outcomes for the balls he puts in play can be expected, it's fair to wonder how much longer the Mets will carry him.

Along with his poor offensive production, Reyes is a liability in the field -- where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) last season while playing primarily shortstop, third base, and second base. If the Mets choose to move on from Reyes at some point this season, who could replace him? Here are the three most likely options, who are all on the 40-man roster and currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

In the wake of Jose Reyes leaving the Mets in 2011 to take a $100 million deal to join the Marlins, the Mets turned to Ruben Tejada to start at shortstop. Tejada struggled, leaving Sandy Alderson to lean on veterans like Omar Quintanilla as he searched the free agent and trade markets for an everyday middle infielder.

If you recall, there were countless posts on every New York news site under the sun pointing to connections between the Mets and Mariners, as well as the Mets and D-backs, who were reportedly looking to deal 24-year-old SS Didi Gregorius. At the time, Gregorius was a career .243 hitter with just 13 home runs, despite 191 big league games under his belt.

Arizona had been shopping Gregorius for more than a year before he was eventually sent to the Yankees in a three-way deal that sent reliever Shane Greene to Detroit...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jay Bruce has dusted his first base glove off recently to take reps before games, and the Mets will reportedly be using him there in at least one game this week, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Bruce said before the season that he didn't expect to get time at first base unless it was an emergency, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team would be comfortable using Bruce there on a near-everyday basis if needed.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Gonzalez isn't hitting for average, he isn't getting on base at a decent clip, and he isn't hitting for power. His .317 slugging percentage is putrid. And him playing regularly at this point is untenable. I was of the opinion that Gonzalez shouldn't have been signed in the first place, but at least the Mets are seemingly willing to be proactive at first base due to his struggles -- and due to Nimmo's tremendous production...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)
New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)

Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals due to a right hamstring issue, manager Mickey Callaway said, noting that Cabrera has not had an MRI. 

Wilmer Flores is starting in Cabrera's place at second base.

"His hammy was a little barking yesterday, so we decided to get him out of there," Callaway said about removing Cabrera from Tuesday night's game. "I'm sure you guys can see he wasn't moving around great during the game."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Is it time for Wilmer to be the everyday first baseman?

I think so, yes. First off, in 55 plate appearances, Adrian Gonzalez is batting .239 with a .345 OBP and .391 slugging percentage, most of which have come against right-handed hitters. He still has a good eye, and he knows his strike zone, but it has been more than a year since he's had any sort of punch to his bat. 

Meanwhile, though he has played in 18 games, Wilmer Flores has started just seven, but all of them have been at first base. In that time, he's hitting .263 with four extra base hits, five RBI and is on pace (mostly as a bench player) to be a 1.5 WAR player this season, according to FanGraphs...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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