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Wilmer Flores shows fatigue, doesn't start

Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets

Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets celebrates his third-inning home run against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

PHOENIX - Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores did not start Saturday night's game against the Diamondbacks after reporting to Chase Field with general stiffness.

Manager Terry Collins said he had dealt with the issue the night before.

"He came in, said he was real, real stiff yesterday, he was stiff again today," Collins said. "As you guys know, those are signs of fatigue setting in. So we've got enough guys on the DL."

The Mets have placed 14 players on the disabled list since spring training.

During a seven-game hitting streak, Flores is batting .300 (9-for-30) with a homer and three RBIs. He remains tied for the major-league lead among shortstops with eight homers.

Ruben Tejada moved from second base to start in Flores' place. Danny Muno started at second.

Coming back

Catcher Kevin Plawecki could return to the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale. He had been held out of the starting lineup the last two games with a virus that has caused head congestion.

Plawecki is on medication to address the condition.

Waiting on velocity

Reliever Bobby Parnell still hasn't regained the velocity on his fastball.

During a one-inning rehab appearance Saturday night with Double-A Binghamton, Parnell's fastball registered in the 90-93 mph range, a source said. The righthander typically hits the upper 90s.

Parnell, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, allowed a solo homer in an otherwise perfect one-inning appearance.

Moving up?

Collins said there's a "good chance" that catcher Travis d'Arnaud will accumulate enough at-bats during his rehab assignment to return from a bone bruise in his right hand by the end of the coming week.

In a rehab game with Class A St. Lucie Saturday, d'Arnaud was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Perhaps just as important, he played the entire game behind the plate.

Dilson Herrera (broken finger) went 1-for-4 with a double in the same game.

Collins said both d'Arnaud and Herrera may be moved to a higher level to face better competition.

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