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Wilmer Flores improving, still no timetable for return

The Mets’ infielder, who’s been suffering with a knee infection, appears to be on the mend.

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Wilmer Flores, who’s been sidelined with an infection in his knee, appears to be making progress in rehab, according to New York Times reporter James Wagner.

Flores was placed on the disabled list this past Friday after he had to be hospitalized with septic arthritis, i.e., a joint infection. The infection was apparently serious enough that it required Flores to be put on an IV.

It’s difficult to tell how long it could take Flores to recover, as people respond very differently to infections, but the latest news that he’s improving at rehab in Port St. Lucie has to be a welcome sign for Mets fans.

Flores was hitting just .171./.194/.343 in 12 games with the Mets so far this season, though much of that is skewed as a consequence of his dramatic lefty-righty splits. Against righties, Flores has just one hit and no walks in 22 plate appearances. Against lefties, Flores is hitting .385/.429/.846, albeit in just 14 trips to the plate.