9:57 am: 22-year-old SS Wilmer Flores will be promoted from Triple-A and placed on the 25-man roster in time for Friday’s game against the Phillies, the team announced early Thursday.
Flores has a .307 average and .360 OBP, with 11 extra base hits, 25 RBI and seven fielding errors in 29 games with Las Vegas, while mostly playing shortstop.
Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment on Wednesday night, the team said in an e-mail.
May 7, 9:19 pm: The team e-mailed an announcement saying Quintanilla would be designated for assignment.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
May 7, 9:31 pm: Flores has made seven errors in Vegas. But, how much worse can he be than Quintanilla? Also, he’s a significantly better hitter than Tejada. So, I say, start him and let’s see what he can do. The team hasn’t scored a run in 23 innings. If ever there was a time to value offense over defense, this would be it. Plus, the market for free-agent SS Stephen Drew is going to re-open in exactly one month. There is no better time than Friday to get a look at and take big-league stock of Flores.
May 7, 9:53 pm: Tejada was noticeably frustrated after Wednesday’s game and could be seeing less time at shortstop (NY Post, May 7).