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Wilmer Flores leaves Mets game early with dehydration, dizziness

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He was replaced by Philip Evans, who had never played first base professionally before.

MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores left tonight’s game against the Nationals early because of dehydration and dizziness. He was replaced by utility man Philip Evans, who had never played first base in his professional career before tonight. Flores made a beeline to the clubhouse with one out in the bottom of first inning after he failed to scoop up two ground balls hit his way.

In his one at-bat, Flores hit a double off of Nationals starter Tanner Roark. Flores’s name came up in trade speculation and rumors over the past few weeks, but he was one of several players the Mets ultimately retained as the deadline passed earlier today.

The 26-year-old has hit .265/.320/.446 with nine home runs and a 108 wRC+ in 278 plate appearances this year. While he’s hit home runs less frequently this year than he did over the past two years, the overall offensive production is in line with what he did over that span.