On Thursday, the Mets announced that Wilmer Flores will be out for the rest of the season due to the broken nose he suffered on Saturday in Houston. In a season mired with injuries for the Mets, this was perhaps the most bizarre injury of them all, as Flores suffered the fracture when he fouled an inside pitch right into his own face.
While the Mets initially said that Flores could return to the field as early as this past Tuesday, the 26-year-old had his nose re-examined by doctors on Thursday, after which it was deemed he could not play again this season, which has 22 games remaining.
Overall, Flores had an up-and-down season at the plate, but he was in the middle of a hot streak when his freakish injury occurred. He finishes the season with a career-best 18 home runs and a .271/.308/.488 batting line, which was good for a 106 wRC+. The utility man played mostly third base and first base this year, with a little bit of time at second base as well. Flores was also looking like he was overcoming his struggles against right-handed pitchers, as he managed a 100 wRC+ against right-handers this year, his best mark against them since 2014.