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Mets infielder Wilmer Flores suffers broken nose on foul tip

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Wilmer Flores
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Wilmer Flores

Mets trainer Ray Ramirez was summoned once again on Saturday night when Flores broke his nose in one of the weirdest ways possible.

There are only 27 games left in the regular season, and this year keeps getting stranger when it comes to how Mets players can get injured.

Wilmer Flores, one of the bright spots of this season, broke his nose on Saturday night’s second game against the Houston Astros. Much like Michael Conforto‘s injury, Flores suffered this injury by swinging a bat. In this case, however, he actually made some contact. Unfortunately, it was enough contact to slightly change the direction of the ball from going into the catcher’s mitt to instead go into right into his face.

The aftermath of the hit was ugly. Wilmer immediately went down, and started bleeding from his nose profusely. He’d be removed from the game, and it wasn’t until after it that manager Terry Collins revealed Flores suffered a broken nose and was on the way to the hospital for extra testing. The Mets haven’t revealed how long Flores is expected to be out.

This season, Wilmer has been able improve his offensive production across the board from previous years. We really think he should get more playing time next year on a more consistent basis, and his numbers have make the case for it. His .271 average is a career high, and while his on-base percentage could be higher (it’s at .307), his OPS of .795 is also a career-best.

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Flores has hit more home runs this season than in any of his previous four seasons in the big leagues. We had hoped 2017 would be there he eclipsed 20 long balls (has has 18 at the time of writing), but after this latest injury, who knows if he’ll get the chance to do so over the last four weeks of the regular season.