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Mets’ Wilmer Flores out for season with broken nose

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Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season due to a broken nose, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Flores suffered his injury while fouling off a pitch last Saturday against the Astros. DiComo said the Mets “were initially hopeful” the 26-year-old native of Venezuela would return early this week.

However, Flores’ injury makes him the seventh player on the Mets roster who is sidelined for the rest of the 2017 campaign. Flores joins All-Star third baseman David Wright (rotator cuff surgery), All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder capsule surgery), infielder T.J. Rivera (Tommy John surgery), All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (strained hamstring), pitcher Zach Wheeler (stress reaction in arm) and pitcher Steven Matz (left elbow surgery). Wright, Conforto and Rivera’s surgeries were announced on Monday.

Flores finishes the season with 110 appearances and career highs in batting average (.271), home runs (18) and OPS (.795). In this five-year career with the Mets, Flores has a slash line of .260/.298/.426 while hitting 57 homers and driving in 202 runs in 455 games. Flores, who signed with New York as an amateur free agent back in August 2007, is eligible for arbitration after this season and is a free agent in 2020.