Wilmer Flores breaks ankle in winter ball, expected to be ready for spring

Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left ankle, the Mets announced. He will wear a walking boot for the next few weeks and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Flores, 24, suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch playing winter ball in his native Venezuela recently. Ruben Tejada, New York's other shortstop, is still working his way back from the broken leg he suffered on Chase Utley's takeout slide in the NLDS.

In 137 games in 2015, Flores hit .263/.295/.408 (95 OPS+) with 16 home runs. He lost his starting shortstop job to Tejada at midseason and was almost traded to the Brewers in the Carlos Gomez deal before things fell apart.

The Mets could look for some additional shortstop depth this offseason since both Flores and Tejada will report to spring training coming off injuries. They do have Matt Reynolds, who replaced Tejada on the postseason roster, in Triple-A though.

Wilmer Flores broke his ankle in winter ball.
Wilmer Flores broke his ankle in winter ball. (USATSI)
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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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