7/25/2014 7:38 P.M. ET
Flores providing depth behind Tejada at shortstop
By Caitlin Swieca / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- After being called up to fill in for Ruben Tejada on Thursday, Wilmer Flores found himself back on the Mets' bench for Friday's matchup with the Brewers.
Flores has been in this situation before. After Flores had a stint as the club's starting shortstop, Tejada reclaimed the role and pushed Flores to a part-time gig. With his production dropping from the bench, the team sent him back to Triple-A Las Vegas to get regular playing time. He thrived there, batting .323 with 13 home runs and 57 RBIs in 55 games there.
"I was doing basically what I've been doing my whole career -- just hit the ball," Flores said. "Playing every day and being out there every day, it's so much easier."
While Mets manager Terry Collins said he'd like to try to get Flores in more regularly, there are only so many at-bats to go around, and things are more difficult with Daniel Murphy and David Wright entrenched at second and third base, respectively. To get at-bats, Flores might have to outshine Tejada, who has struggled at the plate recently but has been a valuable defensive asset.
"I'll go back to the last homestand: This guy got as big of hits as anybody for us and is playing very, very well defensively," Collins said of Tejada. "Had he not got hit in the head, I'm not sure we'd be talking about this today. We'll see what it's like in the next couple days."
Though Flores would prefer to be in a full-time role, he seemed determined to make the most of whatever opportunities he does get.
"I'll just have to find a way," Flores said. "If I'm playing every day, good. If I'm not, I'm just going to get used to it and try to find a way to be ready for any situation."
Elbow discomfort sends Dice-K to New York
MILWAUKEE -- After experiencing discomfort in his elbow during his outing Thursday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka was back in New York on Friday afternoon getting checked out by team doctors.
Matsuzaka pitched two innings of relief on Thursday and allowed two home runs, including a towering two-run shot to Ryan Braun. Matsuzaka informed club officials of the pain after the game, according to Mets manager Terry Collins..
"He said when he was loosening up, he felt it a little bit, thought it was nothing he couldn't pitch through," said Collins. "When the game was over, it bothered him pretty good. We had him looked at here and they decided to send him to New York."
Collins said Matsuzaka would have an MRI on Friday and the team would make a decision from there. The Mets had only six in the bullpen on Friday, and Collins said the team would call up another pitcher for Saturday's game if Matsuzaka's results made it necessary.
Matsuzaka was bumped to the bullpen on July 20 after a month and a half of being mainly a starter. He carried a 2-3 record and 4.24 ERA as a starter but has had more success in relief, striking out more than 10 batters per nine innings and holding a 3.25 ERA.
Collins said that the team would be keeping a close eye on Tejada in his first game after being hit in the head with a pitch. Tejada never had any after effects from the hit, but Collins was concerned he may be gun-shy in his return.
"I think Ruben, after he came out and sat down and got his bearings, I think he was more scared than he was hurt," Collins said. "You've got to get back in there. He's one of those guys -- he's on the dish. If he's going to continue he's going to stay on the dish because that's where hitters like him need to be. We're going to watch him real close tonight."
Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @CaitlinSwieca. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.