• Collins said Wilmer Flores' ankles are not 100 percent, but the 22-year-old is "playable." Flores started Monday's game against the Nationals at third base and hit seventh in the lineup.
Flores' ankle issues haven't allowed him to play much second base, something the Mets wanted so they could evaluate how he plays there in the Major Leagues. But with Daniel Murphy hitting .442 since Aug. 28, Collins wasn't in much of a hurry to take him out of the lineup anyway.
• Frank Francisco wasn't available out of the bullpen on Monday after pitching two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Indians in his first appearance since being activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday.
"He hasn't pitched that much," Collins said. "I know he's only had a few rehab assignments. He has not pitched back-to-back days. I don't feel all that comfortable doing that just yet."
Collins said he isn't sure if Francisco will ever need to pitch back-to-back days through the end of the season since the Mets have plenty of relievers. But New York will take it day by day and see how the right-hander feels before using him in two consecutive games, Collins said.
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