Flores returns, but ankle question

Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores

#4 3B
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM9
  • HR1

  • RBI9

  • R5

  • OBP.333

  • AVG.286

SAN DIEGO -- Wilmer Flores returns to the starting lineup Saturday for the first time since twisting his right ankle five days earlier. Still, Terry Collins is not proclaiming the rookie to be in perfect health.

"I don't think he's 100 percent, but he can play," Collins said. "We tested him yesterday. Certainly the issue is whether or not he can cut and stop and start, because that's the pressure it puts on your ankles. We had him run certainly to test whether or not he could run the bases. He showed he was fine. You know, he's not a blazer. So we're not worried about him losing a lot of speed. We're worried about making sure he can stop and start.

"I'm sure it may not be painful, but he probably knows it's still there. I've sprained my ankle so many times. And when they end up going away, they can come back pretty easily. It's more of a recurring thing. I know the training staff is going to have him very well taped up."