Mets Notebook: Wilmer Flores will get time at second base

Wilmer Flores will play some second base the rest of the season. Credit: Getty Images
Wilmer Flores will play some second base the rest of the season.
Credit: Getty Images

Manager Terry Collins made it abundantly clear that Wilmer Flores is not “auditioning” for second base.

Rather, in the mind of the manager, the Mets are experimenting with what infield position is the best fit for the gifted hitter.

“Nobody says you’re auditioning a guy,” Collins said when asked why the Mets would “audition” Flores at second when the organization is pleased with Daniel Murphy’s play at the position.

“You’re just trying to see where his best position is. He’s pretty much played all year [in Triple-A] at second base. So when he came up here, the question [was], ‘Why are you playing him at third base?’ Now the question is, ‘Why are you playing him at second?’ You can’t make anybody happy here. What we’re trying to do is put Wilmer at second base to see how he handles it at this level, so you can look down the road and say, ‘Is there going to be a fit there?’ Because if there isn’t, then you certainly have to look at the two corners and say, ‘Where is he going to fit if he’s not going to play the middle of the infield?’”

While it is assured the Mets will play Flores at second, there is not a schedule in place.

“We don’t have a plan written down,” Collins said. “I wanted to get him in there, [and] wanted to get him in here at home. I want to get him out there so we can take a look. We knew we had Cliff [Lee] and [Cole] Hamels coming into this series, so I thought it would be perfect to get Dan a day, especially with a day game after a night game. If there’s anybody in there that’s certainly beaten up at this time of year, it’s the second baseman and he’s played every game. So I thought it was the perfect time but I don’t have anything etched in stone. We’ll pick some other days [to] get him out there.”

Since being called up on Aug. 6, Flores has hit .250 with a homer, 11 RBIs and has an OPS of .642. In 107 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores hit .321 with 15 homers, 86 RBIs and an .887 OPS.

“I’ve had some people tell me, ‘Are you going to try him at shortstop?’ a la the Cal Ripken image,” Collins said. “Right now, I want this kid to hit and I just said [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] wanted me to try to get him at second base some time, wanted to see how he handled it. So I’m going to get him out there [Thursday]. But I wouldn’t call it an audition.”

Surgeries completed

A Mets spokesperson announced starting pitchers Jenrry Mejia (bone spurs) and Jeremy Hefner (Tommy John) underwent surgery earlier in the day at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. David Altchek performed both procedures.

Follow Mets beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.