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New York Mets call up Wilmer Flores, demote Kirk Nieuwenhuis

New York Mets call up Wilmer Flores, demote Kirk Nieuwenhuis Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After Ruben Tejada got beaned in the hand Wednesday, the New York Mets called up infielder Wilmer Flores. Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the 25-man roster.

Flores is batting seventh and playing shortstop in Thursday night's game against the Brewers, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

Though Flores is widely regarded as a long-term corner infielder, he has been brought up as a shortstop. In Triple-A this season, he has played in 32 games at shortstop and 21 at first, second and third base.

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Tejada wasn't seriously injured, but manager Terry Collins is giving him a game to recover.

This is Flores' third stint in the majors this season. He's hit .225 with one home run in 80 at-bats. Nieuwenhuis was hitting .246 with two home runs in 57 at-bats before his demotion.

- Evan Webeck

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