The rookie third baseman will eventually lose his position when captain David Wright returns from a hamstring injury. So what then? A move to the outfield?
“We can’t have a collapse, and Terry knows that,” one source told the New York Daily News. “Otherwise, at the end of the season, something good might happen.”
If this was the end of May, the question would hold no interest of all. Of course, launch Collins. He was on the verge of losing the locker room. But things change during a baseball season.
The Mets want to ensure the 24-year-old’s arm is rested and protected for the future — and the team and “will not waver” from that strategy, the Daily News reported.
Valdespin wasn’t exactly on solid footing in the Mets organization, and that was before his 50-game suspension as part of Major League Baseball’s investigation into Biogenesis.
The Mets have called up 22-year-old — he turned 22 on Tuesday — infielder Wilmer Flores to the major leagues. Flores is the Mets’ No. 4 rated prospect in the system, according to MLB.com.
Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for his ties to the Biogenesis of America clinic. Valdespin will accept the 50-game ban without an appeal.
David Wright is going on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Mike Baxter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets are missing two key cogs in their bullpen, closer Bobby Parnell and setup man Josh Edgin, who are both out as New York opens a series against the Kansas City Royals.
In the middle of the clubhouse stands Byrd, bat in hand, explaining the mechanics of a swing, with Josh Satin and Justin Turner listening intently. You want to know why Marlon Byrd is still a Met after 4 p.m. on July 31? That’s why.
Parnell knows he could be trade bait — no matter how unlikely a deadline deal appears for the Mets.
Terry Collins’ contract will expire at the end of the season. I’m not suggesting that Fred Wilpon should give him a four-year extension. But I’d like to see him finally have a chance with a team that’s built to contend.
Let’s just say Jordany Valdespin didn’t handle being sent down to Triple-A very well.
The right-hander won’t take the mound on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, making it even more likely he could start the All-Star Game.
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