MILWAUKEE — Wilmer Flores dealt with lower back soreness for much of the week, and Sunday it forced him out of a game and to New York to be evaluated.
Flores, playing third most days in the absence of Todd Frazier, had trouble throwing to first all weekend against the Brewers. An inning after Flores’ throwing error assisted a Brewers rally, the start of the bottom of the fourth was delayed when the Mets took the field with no third baseman. Luis Guillorme grabbed a glove and hopped out of the dugout to play.
After sitting two out of three games against Miami this week, Flores said his back felt better, Callaway said. Flores started all four games in Milwaukee.
“He feels like he can’t really bend over,” Callaway said.
Callaway said the Mets are flying an infielder to Atlanta in case Flores goes on the disabled list. Utility man Phillip Evans exited Triple-A Las Vegas’ game minutes after Flores left the major-league game Sunday.
Frazier (left hamstring strain) had planned to go with the team to Atlanta, but instead will join Las Vegas to continue his buildup. He is not ready for a rehab assignment yet, assistant GM John Ricco said, but with a subtropical storm bearing down on the southeast, it made sense to send Frazier to a place where he can continue to work out.
“So he’ll be there for a few days and when he’s ready he’ll start playing in games for the Vegas team,” Ricco said.
Yoenis Cespedes (right hip flexor strain) isn’t as close to a return as Frazier, so the Mets will keep him with the major-league team for the time being.
The Mets are expecting the weather to make their four-game, three-day series in Atlanta difficult to get in. The forecast calls for a strong chance of heavy rain through Wednesday.
The Mets are bringing other roster reinforcements to Atlanta: catcher Kevin Plawecki (left hand fracture) and righthander Hansel Robles (right knee sprain), plus righthander Gerson Bautista.
“We’ll have some moves to make there before the doubleheader [Monday],” Ricco said. “Given a doubleheader coming up and a long stretch of games we’re in [18 in 17 days], we have to make sure we’re protected pitching-wise.”
With a doubleheader scheduled for Monday, the Mets will be allowed to add a 26th player to their active roster. They could add another reliever if AJ Ramos (right shoulder tightness) goes on the DL. Plawecki will swap in for Tomas Nido.
The Mets have not announced a starter for the second game Monday. They called up P.J. Conlon on Sunday (and optioned Chris Flexen to Las Vegas) and he is an option . . . Asdrubal Cabrera’s homer Sunday was his eighth of the year, tying Yoenis Cespedes for the team lead . . . Righthander Tyler Bashlor, one of the Mets’ top relief prospects, landed on the Double-A DL with biceps tendinitis this weekend. “I don’t think it’s anything major,” Ricco said. In 14 games with Binghamton this season, Bashlor has a 2.60 ERA and 23 strikeouts (nine walks) in 17 1⁄3 innings.