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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mets News and Notes: Flores, Familia, Wright, Tebow

Mets News and Notes: Flores, Familia, Wright, Tebow

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores isn’t pleased with his role as a part-time player, writes Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Even if injured third baseman David Wright misses regular-season time, the Mets will still have a full complement of infielders in Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes. With those four on hand, the right-handed-hitting Flores is unlikely to play much against same-handed pitchers. “I’ve been comfortable (against right handers) since I started playing baseball,” Flores said. “I got a lot of opportunities against lefties (last year), but against righties, I feel really good.” Regarding Flores’ dissatisfaction, manager Terry Collins told Ackert: “The one thing about his situation is you don’t have to like it. You just have to accept it and be ready to play.”

Major League Baseball has spent the past four-plus months investigating domestic violence allegations against Mets closer Jeurys Familia, but it appears he’ll escape serious punishment from commissioner Rob Manfred. While Manfred will hand Familia a suspension, the ban won’t be “very long,” reports FanRag’s Jon Heyman. That could rule out a potential 30- to 50-game suspension for Familia.

Don’t expect to see David Wright again this spring. Terry Collins said it is unlikely the third baseman will play in another Grapefruit League game this year as he works to rehab and strengthen his shoulder. Wright told Collins he wanted to focus on the rehab work to strengthen his shoulder and not worry about hitting in games. Wright, who is coming back from June 2016 neck surgery, was shut down in his attempt at a throwing program Feb. 28 with shoulder weakness. He is running and hitting, but still not throwing. There is no timeline for him to begin throwing again, Collins said.

Mets manager Terry Collins said that the team may try to give OF Tim Tebow more playing time in major league games this spring following his 1-for-3 effort on Saturday, according to Marc Carig of NJ.com. "He's worked very hard, not only in the minor leagues but with our guys here," Collins said. "We're here to try to help him get better. I still think we'll try to get him over a few more times." Collins added that Tebow can "get a lot" from playing at the major league level and that he hopes he can carry the experience with him to the season. Tebow is now hitting .235 in six Grapefruit League games this spring, picking up four hits in 17 at-bats.

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