The crazy year that has been the 2015 season for Mets infielder Wilmer Flores took another turn this past week. Flores who sparsely played in the final two weeks of the regular season has been sidelined by strep throat.
“It’s definitely been a different year with everything that happened. I don’t know how to describe it. It was different. I don’t know if it was bad or good. It was just different for me.”
Due to his illness Flores looked a little lighter than normal during the team workouts this week, and afterward he admitted he’d lost 10 pounds during his press conference on Wednesday before the team took off for Los Angeles.
“I feel good. I’m good to go,” Flores said. “Yeah, 10 pounds. It won’t affect me. It’s part of life. There are no excuses.”
Before coming down with strep throat, Wilmer was dealing with back spasms which also kept him from playing regularly during the last two weeks of the season. He struggled at the plate in his last 10 games, going 5-for-25 with 0 HR and 0 RBI’s.
Manager Terry Collins assured everyone on Wednesday that the back is no longer an issue.
“Flores’ back is fine. What’s affected him is the strep throat. This guy lost 10 pounds in five days, so he’s been extremely weak. He’s been eating lately and feels a lot better. He’s just been so sick we couldn’t play him,” Collins said. (New York Post)
The combination of the back spasms and the strep opened the door for backup shortstop Ruben Tejada. During Flores’ absence Tejada put in a solid performance and was able to earn himself a start in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. although Collins did advise that if needed Flores would be available off the bench.
“He’ll be fine Friday. They’ve got him on some new medication that’s really cleared up some things health-wise. He’s eating and feeling a lot better. Certainly if we need him Friday, he’ll be available.” Collins said.
2015 was certainly quite a year for Wilmer as he endeared himself not only to New York Mets fans with his display of emotion, but many baseball fans everywhere also became enamored with Flores as we saw during many road games.