Wilmer Flores was given a second cortisone shot today to relieve pain in his bruised wrist. Flores first received a cortisone shot on Friday, but he was unable to play in this weekend’s games—or even swing a bat properly.
On Sunday, Terry Collins told NJ.com that “I wanted to actually play him today, and he just said, 'I can't swing yet.' He's been seen by the doctor, it is a bruise, but as we've seen in the past, some of these bone bruises, they just don't heal very fast. Hopefully he's better tomorrow."
Cortisone shots typically take a couple of days to provide relief, but the second shot makes it clear that Flores wasn’t progressing as fast as he’d hoped. Flores has been unable to play since September 10.
Flores has been having a career year for the Mets, with a .267/.319/.469 line and 16 home runs in 103 games. The Mets could certainly use him back for the stretch run, even with Lucas Duda having returned. Every single player in the Mets’ starting infield has missed significant time this season. Before his injury, Flores had taken to using the “Friends” theme song for his walk-up music at Citi Field. The Mets and their fans can only hope that later this week, Flores will be there for them, too.