Wilmer Flores, who has been out of action since a home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski on Saturday, has been diagnosed with wrist inflammation and has been given a cortisone shot, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Assuming the inflammation subsides, Flores could be available later this weekend.
X-rays on the wrist had been negative and Flores was scheduled for a doctor’s visit on Thursday for further examination. The play on which Flores was injured was made all the more aggravating by the fact that he was probably only still in the game because Terry Collins “forgot” to swap him out for a pinch runner.
The Mets and Braves were tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth and Flores was standing on second as the potential go-ahead run after doubling with two outs. Plenty of speedier players were on the bench, but Collins’s moment of distraction left the Mets in a game-altering situation with one of the game’s slowest runners in scoring position.
Naturally, T.J. Rivera followed with a single to right, and Flores was gunned down at home by Nick Markakis.