NEW YORK — The thing Luis Guillorme missed the most spend a month on the injured list was training in the field.

Throughout the season, Guillorme had been one of third base coach Joey Cora’s best clients, performing numerous drills in foul territory along the side of first base.

Guillorme’s magic in the infield earned him praise from all of his teammates, including Chris Bassitt, who said he had “the best infield glove in the major leagues.” But that on-field prowess was taken away after Guillorme limped around the bases in a game against the Phillies on August 14. He was later diagnosed with a moderate left groin sprain.

Guillorme was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday as a valuable depth piece who can provide Buck Showalter with greater flexibility as he fills out his roster card each day.

“I’m going crazy not being able to play and not being able to be with (the team) when they’re on the road,” Guillorme said. “It’s great to be back.”

Luis Guillorme’s career year

From the start of the season, Guillorme earned Showalter’s trust through his consistency on the field and the improvements he made at home plate.

Guillorme has played in 86 games for the Mets this season, slashing .283/.355/.357 — all career highs outside of the COVID-shortened season — with 11 doubles, 14 RBIs and 31 runs. He played 54 games at second base, 22 at third, 11 at shortstop and three at designated hitter.

“For me, it’s been great,” Guilorme said. “It made it easier for me to be able to go out there and make adjustments and just play when I know there’s a good chance I’ll be in the lineup the next day. It’s a bit difficult when in years past I’ve come to the park not knowing when I’m going to be there or not.”

Guillorme’s presence allowed the Mets to weather Eduardo Escobar’s midseason struggles on the left side of home plate. Guillorme will likely split his time at third base when he returns.

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And Guillorme’s presence will also allow Showalter to move Jeff McNeil into the outfield to spare Mark Canha’s legs or make up for lost production from Tyler Naquin.

“That’s one of the things that Billy (Eppler) and the front office have been pushing on is making sure we keep versatility and people can move around if there’s a need in a sport which is very physically demanding,” Showalter said. “It opens up a lot of possibilities.”

The road back

After the injury, Guillorme didn’t want to stray too far from having a bat in his hats.

He said his swing wasn’t hampered by the groin injury, so once the swelling subsided, he returned to the batting cage first.

Then he started running. At first he asked to field ground balls directly at him, but eventually the last phase of his recovery was to feel comfortable moving laterally while fielding ground balls.

New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme (13) throws after catching a line drive hit by Jesus Aguilar in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Miami.  The Marlins won 3-2.

“I think after an injury like that, it takes a long time to be 100 per cent,” said Guillorme, who looked back on the first part of his four- to six-week schedule. “I feel pretty good about it. I’m more worried about those quick direction-changing moves that I’ve made at this point. I feel really good about it. I’ve had a few plays (at Syracuse) where we had to react quickly, I dived once. It didn’t bother me at all.

Guillorme continued to attack when he began his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse on September 6. In four games, he had five hits in 12 at bats with one run and one RBI.

And whether in the infield or at home plate, Guillorme’s presence will be welcome for the team’s push into the playoffs this month.

“One of the things you talk about players when they’re at your club or trying to acquire them is ‘Do they make their teammates better? ‘” Showalter said. “Having Luis here gives us a good safety net in many places. A lot of things in the game we missed him. It’s great to see him back.”