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Wilmer Flores underwent wrist surgery

The infielder hurt his wrist on a slide into home plate and wasn’t able to return by season’s end.

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Mets infielder Wilmer Flores had surgery today to remove part of the hamate bone in his right wrist. The 25-year-old suffered the injury on a head-first slide into home plate on September 10 at Turner Field, a play that factored into the Mets’ loss in the game. After the game, manager Terry Collins admitted that he should have pinch run for Flores.

When healthy, Flores had his best major league season as a hitter to date. In 335 plate appearances, he hit .267/.319/.469 with 16 home runs and a 112 wRC+. He didn’t hit so well against right-handed pitchers, but he destroyed lefties, with a .340/.383/.710 line and 11 home runs against them. That made him one of baseball’s very best hitters against left-handed pitching this year.

It’s a bit concerning that Flores’s wrist injury required surgery, but he should still figure into the Mets’ plans for 2017 as a part-time infielder.