This comes as no surprise, as Flores has continued to suffer setbacks in his attempts to return to action. The Mets will continue to deploy the likes of T.J. Rivera and Kelly Johnson at the keystone over the final two games of the season and into the postseason.
The 22-year-old returned to the lineup Wednesday, but with Houston officially eliminated from postseason contention on Thursday, he will be shut back down. Bregman struggled initially upon arrival to the major leagues but quickly adjusted and finished with an impressive .791 OPS in 217 plate appearances. He appears primed to open 2017 in an everyday role.
Matt Olson is now slated to start in right field against Taijuan Walker and the Mariners. The extent of the neck injury is uncertain and thus Valencia's status for the final two days of the regular season is up in the air.
It was feared that Bregman's season was over as a result of a hamstring injury but he made a surprise return to the lineup Wednesday, finishing 1-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to Seattle. He will turn third base over to Yulieski Gurriel on Friday but Bregman figures to start at least one of the Astros' final two games of the regular season.
Nunez will miss his fourth straight game Friday as he continues to battle a sore hamstring. It remains to be seen if he will play again during the regular season, or during the postseason if the Giants advance.
Escobar will miss his second straight game as a result of the shoulder injury that forced him from Tuesday's contest. Jefry Marte will man the hot corner for the Angels on Friday night.
Cuthbert went 0-for-7 over his last two games, so manager Ned Yost decided to give him his first day off since Sept. 19. Whit Merrifield will man the hot corner Friday in Cuthbert's place.
With just three games left in the regular season it is looking more and more likely that Nunez will not be returning to the lineup. If that is the case, then Gillaspie would split the remaining starts at third base with the newly-signed Gordon Beckham. With the Giants scheduled to face lefties both Friday and Saturday, Beckham would likely see starts over Gillaspie if Nunez is unable to suit up.
Though Moncada is immensely talented and certainly a centerpiece of the Red Sox future, his youth and inexperience were evident during his stint with the big league ball club this fall as he slashed .211/.250/.263 with 12 strikeouts in 19 at-bats. Brock Holt and Travis Shaw figure to man the hot corner the rest of the way while Moncada reports to Arizona Fall League.
Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Wednesday that Nunez may not return this weekend, so his fantasy season -- which has seen him put up career numbers just about across the board -- could be over. While we wait on Nunez's status for the coming days, Conor Gillaspie continues to start in his place at the hot corner, batting eighth Thursday.