New York Mets call up Wilmer Flores, demote Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Thursday July 24th, 2014

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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