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Mets place Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda on 10-day disabled list

MAY 3, 2016: New York Mets First baseman Lucas Duda (21) [7530] is pictured in the dugout during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)
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The New York Mets placed first baseman Lucas Duda and utility infielder Wilmer Flores on the club’s 10-day disabled list on Friday. Flores is out with a knee infection while Duda is suffering from a hyperextended elbow.

In order to replace the tandem on their active roster, the Mets have recalled infielder T.J. Rivera and left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin.

Duda sustained his injury during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s matchup when his arm collided with Philadelphia Phillies’ middle infielder Cesar Hernandez, who was trying to beat out an infield hit. Duda initially stayed in the game, but the Mets pinched hit for him in the bottom half of the fifth.

The veteran first baseman has been a very streaky hitter in his career, and while he has hit just .238 to begin 2017, he does own a .571 slugging percentage thanks in large part to four homers in his first 42 at bats. However, injuries have been a big concern for Duda in recent years. Last season, he appeared in just 47 regular season games because of a stress fracture in his lower back.

In 2015, though, he hit 27 home runs and posted 73 RBI in 471 at bats. Duda owns a career .246 batting average and 112 home runs.

Flores spent Wednesday evening in a New York hospital because of his knee infection. Doctors told him he “needs some time to let the medication take effect,” according to the New York Daily News.

The utility infielder is off to a slow start this season, slashing .171/.191/.343 with two homers, three RBI and four runs scored  in 35 at bats. Last season, he hit .267 with 30 extra-base hits, including 16 long balls, 49 RBI and 38 runs scored.

Flores is a career .254 hitter in five seasons with the Mets.

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