Wright’s Timetable & Effect on Flores
Aug 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) warms up on the field before the start of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Tonight in Arizona, Terry Collins spoke with reporters regarding a timetable for David Wright‘s possible return. According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Collins spoke as though “it would be a bonus to get Wright back this season.”
What does this mean for recently-promoted Wilmer Flores?
I view this as a blessing in disguise for both Flores and the Mets. For Flores, it is important for him to get regular playing time to showcase himself so the team can evaluate whether he should be a part of the future. His playing time and results are also beneficial for other teams who may be interested in trading for him in the offseason. Although his range at third is limited, if that is where Flores will get playing time, he should stay there; he certainly did not get called up to to sit on the bench.
WIth Ike Davis performing well since the All-Star Break — hitting .333/.500/.549 — it looks like he will continue to play at first most days. As for if second base is an option for Flores, I can see him getting some playing time to give Daniel Murphy a day off here and there.
While I do hope Wright returns soon, the possibility of him not playing another game this season temporarily solves the problem of where the Mets should play Flores.
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