The injury bug continues to bite the New York Mets with ultimate strength. According to Mibelt Rodriguez, the Mets will place Wilmer Flores on the ten-day disabled list, after he was admitted to the hospital with a knee infection Wednesday night. T.J. Rivera, who was flown to New York from Las Vegas in case a roster move needed to be made, was activated and is starting at third base on Friday, according to multiple reports.
The Mets have also placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the disabled list with a hyper-extended elbow. This is another blow for the Mets, who now have six players on disabled list. Lefty pitcher Sean Gilmartin was called back up from Las Vegas to take his spot.
That does not include Yoenis Cespedes, who left Thursday’s game with a hamstring cramp, Travis d’Arnaud, who suffered a bruised wrist on Wednesday, and Jacob deGrom, whose scheduled start on Friday was pushed back to Saturday after he experienced a stiff neck.
Additionally, Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the lineup Friday for a second straight game, although Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Cabrera is not headed for the disabled list, he is merely banged up.
Rivera, who was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on April 14, hit .286 in 21 at-bats with the 51s. Normally, a player would have to wait ten days to be recalled after his demotion, but since Rivera is replacing an injured player, he is allowed to return sooner.