Wilmer Flores, who was supposed to get regular playing time at shortstop but who had found himself buried on the bench, has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The move was likely made in preparation for Juan Lagares‘ activation from the disabled list, which is expected to happen on Thursday.
Flores, 22, hit .225 with a .253 in 82 plate appearances spanning 24 games for the Mets.
Ruben Tejada will likely now play every day.
Tejada, 24, is hitting .234 with a .348 OBP in 2014.
It made no sense to keep Flores on the roster in his current role (which meant hardly ever getting at-bats), so it was the right thing to send him to Triple-A – where he can play every day.
However, operating without a backup shortstop seems a bit odd.
Ruben Tejada, who will be starting every day, has done an adequate job lately. However, he has done nothing to show that he should be in the team’s long-term plans.
Either way, the Mets will likely have to find an upgrade at shortstop – either during the season or this offseason.
In the meantime, Tejada will play.