Mets News:A day after Ruben Tejada was beaned with a fastball and departed Wednesday's game in Seattle, the Mets have decided to promote Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been demoted.
Flores is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Thursday's series opener at Milwaukee.
The Mets did not have a bona fide backup shortstop on the major league roster, and otherwise would have needed to use Eric Campbell at the position. Although Tejada continues to suffer no ill effects from the beaning by Taijuan Walker, Terry Collins had indicated Wednesday that Tejada was likely to get at least one day off.