ATLANTA — Another injury struck the Mets in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Braves, when Wilmer Flores departed with a neck contusion after colliding with Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski at home plate.
Attempting to score the go-ahead run from second base on a T.J. Rivera single, Flores arrived home a split-second after Braves right fielder Nick Markakis‘ throw. As Pierzynski corralled the ball and turned to tag Flores, the Mets’ infielder slammed his head into the catcher’s shin guard. He never touched home plate, instead crumpling to the ground as the inning-ending out.
Flores stayed there for several moments, before walking off the field under his own power. He did not return to the field on defense; James Loney took over at first base.
Flores is batting .267 with 16 homers in 103 games for the Mets, providing reinforcement at all four infield positions. He is one of the Mets’ most potent weapons versus left-handed pitchers, with 11 homers against them and a 1.074 OPS entering play Saturday.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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