UPDATE, 12:32 AM:
Wilmer Flores appeared as a pinch-hitter for the 51s during the seventh inning of Monday night’s game.
Wilmer Flores, who is currently playing primarily shortstop for Triple-A Las Vegas, jammed his finger during Sunday’s game and was removed after the third inning.
Flores had X-rays on the finger on Monday, and they came back negative.
Flores was cleared to resume baseball activity as tolerated, but wasn’t in the starting lineup for the 51s on Monday night.
With Ruben Tejada‘s continued struggles with the Mets, there’s a microscope on Flores down in Triple-A.
However, Flores has done nothing so far to convince the Mets of his ability to play shortstop in the majors.
That’s not something Flores should be ashamed of, though. He didn’t have the range/agility for shortstop three years ago, which is why he was initially moved from the position.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Mets will call on Flores to play shortstop with the Mets, but it remains unlikely. In the far more likelier scenario, the Mets will find a new shortstop externally.