Mets Insider: Flores in boot after foul ball off foot

By on March 23, 2015

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 22: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets turns the double play getting John Ryan Murphy #66 of the New York Yankees out at second base in the fifth inning during a spring training game at Tradition Field on March 22, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Yankees 6-0. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 22: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets turns the double play getting John Ryan Murphy #66 of the New York Yankees out at second base in the fifth inning during a spring training game at Tradition Field on March 22, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Yankees 6-0. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

PORT ST. LUCIE — Wilmer Flores left Tradition Field wearing a walking boot after fouling a ball off his left foot in Sunday’s 6-0 win over the Yankees. X-rays revealed a contusion and the second baseman is listed as day-to-day.

Flores fouled the ball off his foot in the sixth inning and looked to be limping slightly when he tried to run out a ground ball to short. He remained in the game, however, playing shortstop in the top of the seventh inning.

“I am sure he’ll be pretty sore, he was limping around pretty good,” said Terry Collins. “If you watched him go to first base, you could tell it’s bothering him.”

HOMER HAPPY
David Wright’s two-run homer off CC Sabathia in the third innings was a good sign for the Mets. It was the second home run of the spring for Wright, who was shut down early last season with a shoulder injury. He took Sabathia to the opposite field in right, a possible sign he is feeling good.

“The question has been ‘has he got his power back?’ Well, he’s hit a home run over the batter’s eye and that ball he hit to right field (Sunday), he hit that good,” Collins said. “That is where his power is. I think the strength is back. The shoulder is fine.”

“Then we saw that tremendous play he made to end the sixth or seventh inning and you know that if his shoulder is bothering him he wouldn’t have dove for that ball,” Collins said, referring to Wright’s diving stab of Mark Teixeira’s ball to start a double-play. “That shows us David Wright is back.”

Wright’s homer was just one of four the Mets hit Sunday. Juan Lagares hit an inside-the-park homer after the ball got away from Yankees center fielder Jose Pirela, who crashed into the center field wall and sustained a concussion. Lucas Duda and Eric Campbell also went deep.

NEXT QUESTION
Duda is tired of hearing about his trouble with lefthanders. Sunday, the first baseman, who hit .180 off lefties in 2014, homered off Yankee lefty CC Sabathia.

“I think it gets a little bit overplayed and monotonous to hear about,” Duda said. “It is what it is. I am comfortable facing them on a daily basis, that’s all that really matters.”

Duda volunteered to go to Lakeland on Saturday to face Tigers lefty David Price and went 1-for-3 against him. Collins said that Duda will start out facing lefthanders this season.

The Mets, however, can also start Michael Cuddyer at first against lefties if Duda struggles.

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