SAN DIEGO - Mets manager Terry Collins still believes that banged-up third baseman Wilmer Flores ultimately won't require a stint on the 15-day disabled list for a sprained right ankle.

But after watching Flores labor to first base while running out his pinch-hit single on Wednesday night, Collins said Thursday a few more days will have to pass before he views the rookie as anything more than a possible pinch hitter.

"I thought about how they might throw him out at first when I saw him come out of the batter's box," Collins said of Flores, who punched a single before giving way to a pinch runner during Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Flores, 22, had not played since spraining his ankle on Monday against the Dodgers.

"It was important that he get an at-bat," Collins said. "Because if he can't play for a few days, at least if we know he can go up and hit, it's going to help us."

Flores has been walking with a protective boot when he's not at the ballpark.

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More replay

Collins supports baseball's proposal for expanded video replay beginning in 2014.

However, he wondered about certain situations, such as the "neighborhood play" at second base. In a nod to safety, umpires usually have given second basemen leeway when it come to touching the base -- a concession that may disappear if subject to replay.

Said Collins: "You're going to see some banged-up second basemen."

 

Short hops

Bobby Parnell has been limited to strength training exercises to help him bounce back from a herniated disc in his neck . . . Third baseman David Wright continues to rehab his hamstring strain in New York.