Flores is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. He'll take a seat in favor of the lefty-hitting Donovan Walton as the Giants stock up on extra left-handed bats to counter Tigers right-hander Rony Garcia. Flores went 2-for-10 with a home run, a double, two walks, three runs and three RBI while starting each of the past three games, and he should have a fairly clear path to a near-everyday role at second base until Brandon Crawford (knee) comes off the injured list.
Flores went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, a double and an additional run scored in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Reds. Flores went yard in the sixth inning. This was his second homer and fourth multi-hit performance in his last eight games. The 30-year-old infielder is up to a .249/.320/.418 slash line with nine long balls, a team-leading 40 RBI, 37 runs scored and 13 doubles through 66 contests. He's seen regular playing time throughout the season, but he doesn't have a guaranteed spot in the lineup with the Giants' infield at essentially full health. Flores should still work his way into the lineup regularly as Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria are expected to draw regular rest days, though a strict platoon is unlikely to develop.
Flores is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against Atlanta, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. In the wake of Brandon Belt's recent return from the injured list, the Giants are back to full strength in the infield for one of the few times this season. As a result, Flores could find himself out of the lineup against right-handed pitchers like Atlanta's Spencer Strider more frequently, though manager Gabe Kapler's willingness to liberally dole out rest days to his veterans shouldn't make Flores a complete afterthought. At the very least, Flores should have a secure lineup spot versus lefties; he's produced a 117 wRC+ and .342 wOBA in those matchups for his career.
Flores went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a 7-5 win over the Pirates on Saturday. The veteran first baseman hit his eighth home run of the season off Jose Quintana to give his team the lead in the top of the first. Flores had been cold of late, with only one hit in his last 14 at-bats coming into the game. He is now slashing a pedestrian .243/.315/.411 on the season.
Flores is starting at third base and batting third Wednesday against the Rockies. The 30-year-old was originally absent from Wednesday's starting nine but will join the lineup with Brandon Crawford (quadriceps) being a late scratch. Flores is 8-for-23 with two home runs and six RBI through six games in June.
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