It appears the Mets’ roster actually can take more beatings. Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is by no means close to returning to the field and has yet to take batting practice, expressing concern that he may miss the rest of the regular season.
Flores initially injured himself sliding headfirst into Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski during the game on Saturday, September 10, which appeared to cause significant impact to his head and shoulders. He first missed time due to a sore neck, then was unavailable last Wednesday due to wrist inflammation, a diagnosis not sought from a doctor until days after the initial injury.
Flores himself confessed to reporters that he’s worried about the condition of his wrist, which is definitely not something the Mets want to hear while they’re in the thick of a Wild Card chase.
Flores received his second cortisone injection on Monday, September 19 to try alleviating the persisting pain and irritation of his wrist injury. For most injuries, one injection would have sufficed to help ease the discomfort as he rested the wrist. The fact that he continues to feel pain is obviously not a good sign.
Nevertheless, Flores planned to hit the batting cages on Sunday in order to determine his progress, but the Mets have yet to report an update.
In the six games before the injury, Flores was hitting .381 with four extra-base hits and two RBIs. He has not played since September 10.