Mets’ Wilmer Flores, Back From D.L., Plays Third for David Wright

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Wilmer Flores returned from the disabled list Sunday to play third base against the Dodgers.

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During the two weeks he spent rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Binghamton, N.Y., Wilmer Flores was isolated from his Mets teammates. Flores, whose hair has grown noticeably bushier since he was placed on the disabled list May 12 with a strain of his left hamstring, could not even find a place to get his hair cut.

When he returned to the Mets on Sunday, he stepped into a circus atmosphere engulfing Citi Field.

First, there was one more game to play against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who in two days had drawn more ire from Mets fans than a stalled No. 7 train, thanks mainly to Chase Utley.

Utley sat quietly at his locker before Sunday night’s game, seemingly unfazed by the animosity lingering since his hard slide in last year’s playoffs resulted in a broken leg for Ruben Tejada, the Mets shortstop at the time. The furor only grew when Utley hit a tying three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning Friday.

Mets fans might have felt…

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