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Wilmer Flores sits after suffering ankle injury, may land on DL

Wilmer Flores hits an RBI fielder's choice to

Wilmer Flores hits an RBI fielder's choice to the shortstop in the fourth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Aug. 8, 2013) (Credit: Mike Stobe)

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Wilmer Flores was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, one night after he turned his right ankle in the second inning when his cleat slipped off the bag while rounding second base.

Manager Terry Collins said the third baseman might wind up on the disabled list if the lingering stiffness in his ankle does not improve.

Initially, Flores played through the injury, getting it taped up between innings so he could remain in the game. He even made a sprawling play at third base and insisted he could move at full speed.

However, after the game, the 22-year-old walked with a pronounced limp. Collins said Flores' symptoms worsened on Tuesday.

Justin Turner was in the starting lineup at third base in place of Flores, who is hitting .259 with a homer and nine RBIs in his first seven big league games.

Tags: Mets , Wilmer Flores , Justin Turner

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