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Mets activate infielder Wilmer Flores off disabled list, Sean Gilmartin sent down

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Apr 8, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) throws out Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) throws out Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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Wilmer’s back and he’s bringing his lefty smashing abilities with him to Atlanta.

Here’s some good injury news for your Wednesday afternoon, infielder and left-handed pitching-smasher Wilmer Flores is back with the Mets. The team announced Flores’ activation, and the corresponding move — sending down pitcher Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A Las Vegas — before their third game against the Atlanta Braves.

Flores went on the disabled list back on April 20 with an infection in his knee. The injury was pretty random, and ’til this day, Flores and the team aren’t exactly sure what caused it. He thinks it could have even been a hair that started everything off. Just the Mets’ luck.

After spending a few days in the hospital, Flores was able to resume baseball activities, and finally made his way back to the club.

Wilmer has been an invaluable weapon for the Mets over the last year and change against left-handed pitching, so his absence was definitely felt when the offense struggled.

While Flores isn’t in Wednesday night’s lineup against Bartolo Colon, it’s possible he’ll get a start on Thursday against lefty Jaime Garcia to close out the series in Atlanta.

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Flores has struggled overall this season, hitting just .171/.194/.343, but when a lefty is on the mound, he’s kept his hot bat from last season going hitting .385/.429/.846 early in the season.

The Mets need all the healthy bodies they can get at this point. With their best offensive weapon and pitcher on the disabled for some time, getting Wilmer back at least gives us some hope that the team can get rolling soon.

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