Flores has been diagnosed with early-onset arthritis in both knees and has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. It turns out the knee issues that have plagued Flores recently will end his season prematurely. Manager Mickey Callaway added that he isn't sure what the diagnoses means for the 27-year-old's future. Flores will finish the season with a .267/.319/.417 line, 11 homers and 52 RBI through 126 games.
Flores was sent back to New York to get both knees examined after experiencing bilateral knee pain in recent days, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Flores hasn't started a game since Sept. 13 which is likely a result of the lingering pain in both of his knees. After the Mets finish up their series in Philadelphia on Thursday, they will begin a three-game set versus the Nationals in Washington, so it's unlikely that Flores returns to action this weekend. There's a good chance the club will elect to shut him down for the rest of the season prior to its final homestand starting Tuesday, but more should be known following the results of his tests.
Flores is out of the lineup versus the Cubs on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Flores will remain on the bench for the third time in the past four games as Jay Bruce gets another start at first base. Over the past six games, Flores is just 2-for-16 with one RBI.
Flores is not starting Tuesday against the Cubs. Flores will sit for the second time in three games, with Jay Bruce again starting at first base. It's possible that the right-handed Flores and the left-handed Bruce will form a platoon going forward.
Flores is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Flores heads to the bench for the series finale as the Nationals send right-hander Jefry Rodriguez to the mound. Jay Bruce will bat fifth and start at first base Sunday.
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