Source: Wilmer Flores back in the mix at short

Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores gets set to Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores gets set to catch an infield fly in a spring training game against the Tigers on Saturday March 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Ernst Peters

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MIAMI -- Struggling Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada may soon have competition.

The Mets announced Wednesday night that utility infielder Omar Quintanilla will be designated for assignment. Though the club did not announce a corresponding move, an industry source said Wilmer Flores will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tejada is batting .183 and has been pinch hit for in two consecutive games. Meanwhile, Flores is hitting .295 with a .353 on-base percentage in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

While Tejada is a better defender, Flores has the potential to bring more at the plate, despite his lack of range at shortstop. Mets sources said that Tejada still figures to get some playing time even with Flores on the roster.

Earlier Wednesday, assistant general manager John Ricco said that Flores remained a realistic option at shortstop despite his deficiencies.

"All the reports we're getting from there is he's making all the routine plays," Ricco said. "He's not going to be a plus defender by any stretch, but he's held his own defensively."

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Quintanilla was hitting .207 with three RBIs. His eighth-inning error on Monday night helped the Marlins rally for a 4-3 victory.

Harvey stepping it up

Matt Harvey will take the next step in his throwing program on Friday at Citi Field.

According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, the righthander will begin long tossing at 120 feet. If all unfolds according to plan, Harvey would be on track to throw off a pitcher's mound by the end of the month.

It would be the first time he's thrown off a mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October.

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