The New York Mets are finally giving Wilmer Flores his opportunity as they promoted him from Triple-A Las Vegas and will start him tonight at third base against Colorado. Ironically, today is Flores’ 22nd birthday.
The Mets, currently in an overall team-hitting slump, could use an offensive boost from Flores, who is hitting .321 with 15 homers and 86 RBI. The thought of Flores coming close to that with the Mets is enticing. They certainly aren’t going to get production from Justin Turner.
To make room on the roster for Flores, closer Bobby Parnell was placed on the disabled list with pain in his neck. Parnell received an anti-inflammatory injection Monday.
The Mets could make another roster move this weekend if Jonathan Niese is activated from the disabled list. Niese, rehabbing from a partial rotator cuff tear, will make what is hoped to be his final rehab start tonight for Double-A Binghamton. If all goes well, he could start Sunday at Arizona.
If not, he’ll make another rehab start.
Here’s tonight’s lineup, the 82nd different one this season, against Colorado:
Eric Young, LF: Has 15 steals since joining the Mets.
Daniel Murphy, 2B: Has 20 RBI since July 6.
Marlon Byrd, RF: Has at least one hit in 16 of his last 20 games.
Ike Davis, 1B: Batting .194 (13-for-67) with RISP.
Juan Lagares, CF: Is hitting .303 (47-for-155) since June 5.
Wilmer Flores, 3B: Makes major league debut on 22nd birthday. Are all the stars aligned?
John Buck, C: On a 3-for-28 (.107) over his last eight games.
Omar Quintanilla, SS: Drew 19 walks in July, third in the NL.
Jenrry Mejia, RHP: Will make his third start. The first two were quality starts.
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