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Wilmer Flores out for the year with arthritis in both knees

Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

We have seen the last of New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores in 2018. It’s also possible that we might not see him on the field again, at least for a while.

Flores is dealing with early-onset arthritis in both knees. That will end his season. Manager Mickey Callaway also noted that Flores’ future is up in the air.

That’s quite unfortunate. Flores is only 27. His hitting capabilities combined with his defensive versatility is certainly something that teams will covet for a long time, if he can return to health. But arthritis in both knees will certainly be a challenge to overcome.

Flores hit .267/.319/.417 with 11 home runs for the Mets in 2018.