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Wilmer Flores moving on from trade drama

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores spoke to reporters following the New York Mets' loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday, reflecting on the events of the night before.

During Wednesday's game, Flores thought he had been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, only to be told after the game that the trade was not happening after all.

"It’s been different," Flores said of the past 24 hours. "What happened yesterday, I think it’s in the past now. We’ve gotta play."

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson apologized to Flores on Wednesday, and manager Terry Collins spoke with him Thursday morning. Collins elected to give Flores a day off Thursday to collect himself, after all the emotions he went through the night before.

Flores could be seen crying while manning shortstop in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday.

"I didn’t want to make that scene out there," Flores said. "I just couldn’t help it."

As for the fans' reaction -- they gave Flores a standing ovation when he batted in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday, thinking it was his last game as a Met -- Flores sounded very touched.

"Definitely they support me, and it’s a great feeling with all that’s going on," Flores said. Just gotta get ready to play, that’s it."