Wilmer Flores has a fractured left ankle
Wilmer Flores began playing winter ball for Los Bravos de Margarita in his native Venezuela in late November, but in his first game on November 26, he was hit by a pitch in his ankle which shut him down for nearly a week.
Flores returned to action on December 2, and played both ends of a doubleheader and the following two games for Los Bravos, going 3-for-10 with an RBI in those four games.
But assistant GM John Ricco said on Sunday in Nashville Flores had since been shutdown as a precaution, and would return to New York to visit with team doctors just to be sure there is nothing seriously wrong in his ankle.
His visit with team doctors did not go so well.
Ricco said on Tuesday Flores has a non-displaced fracture on his left ankle, and will wear a walking boot for the next few weeks.
Flores will not require surgery, and team doctors believe Flores will be ready for Spring Training in two months.
The Mets will be going to Spring Training with both of their big league shortstops recovering from broken parts of their leg. Tejada broke his leg in a collision with Chase Utley during Game 2 of the National League Division Series in Los Angeles.
Flores hit .263/.295/.408 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 137 regular season games for the Mets in 2015. He went 8-for-41 with three extra-base hits in the postseason.