There are times when the New York Mets are hard to figure out, and the latest regarding Wilmer Flores is one of them.
Flores sprained his right ankle running the bases Monday in Los Angeles and hasn’t played since. He is, however, in a walking boot and supposedly able to pinch-hit.
“It was important that he get an at-bat,’’ manager Terry Collins said about Flores staying in the game. “Because if he can’t play for a few days, at least if we know he can go up and hit, it’s going to help us.’’
Really? How is he going to help the Mets if he can’t run to first base? I can see not rushing him to the disabled list immediately, but if he can’t play for a few more days they can backdate him to Tuesday.
Why can’t they simply say “he won’t play until he’s ready?’’ Bottom line: If he’s in a protective boot there’s no reason to even think about playing him.
GREAT PLAY: We’ve seen some terrific defensive plays this year from the Mets’ outfield, but the one Thursday night when Eric Young scaled the wall to deflect what would have been a home run back into the outfield is one of the best.
Young has been a joy to watch, both offensively with his ability to make things happen, and defensively for his penchant for running balls down.
I recently read where the Mets won’t keep both Young and Juan Lagares next year, to which I say: Why not?
There’s nothing wrong with stacking two speedy playmakers at the top of the order. Both are part of that group I recently profiled of in-season additions that developed this team and brought excitement where there was once none.
Young is in center tonight as Lagares gets the night off and Mike Baxter is given a chance to play in left field.
Tonight’s line-up at San Diego:
Eric Young, CF: Has 15 steals in 49 games with the Mets.
Daniel Murphy, 2B: Is hitting .224 (13-for-58) with one walk in August.
Marlon Byrd, RF: Is getting warm again, hitting .417 (10-for-24) on the trip.
Ike Davis, 1B: Is hitting .284 with 30 walks since recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Josh Satin, 3B: Is hitting .303 since joining the Mets, but has just one homer.
Mike Baxter, LF: Not hitting at all this season with a paltry .213 average with four RBI.
John Buck, C: Still waiting for his wife to deliver and him to go on leave and enable Travis d’Arnaud to make his Mets’ debut.
Omar Quintanilla, SS: Takes a 0-for-9 slide into tonight’s game.
Jonathon Niese, LHP: Since August 2012. Niese has given up more than four earned runs twice in 25 starts.
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