The Mets are still reeling after David Wright injured his hamstring on Friday night. However, there appears to be some relief on the way in the form of a promising prospect that will get an opportunity to play.
Infielder Wilmer Flores will be brought up to the major league club on Tuesday and will most likely get some playing time at third base while Wright is on the disabled list. Flores was tearing it up in AAA Las Vegas this year batting .322 with 15 homeruns and 82 RBI. He also had 35 doubles.
On top of it all, Tuesday is Flores’ 22nd birthday. A start would not be a bad gift for a 22-year old kid.
It will be interesting to see how manager Terry Collins uses Flores. Being that the Mets have no chance without Wright this year, the kid should play every game he can at third base during the captain’s absence. Flores, who has played all over the infield in his career, does not have a defensive position set in stone and his future with the team is up in the air. He started as a third baseman, but obviously will not budge Wright from his starting spot. The Mets may potentially let Flores play in order to possibly deal him in the off-season for a big hitting outfielder.
Even if Flores doesn’t stick around beyond this year, he will play a big part in the Mets future. His promotion will give Mets fans something to be excited about, as the dog days of summer plays its way out.
It could be a rough final two months for the Mets and their fans; but maybe Flores can ease the pain just a little bit. Or at the very least, create some excitement for the home stretch.
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