Thursday, August 29, 2013
Mets News: Terry Collins insists Wilmer Flores is not auditioning for Murphy's Job at 2B
Terry Collins said Wilmer Flores is not auditioning for Daniel Murphy’s second-base job.
Flores, who played in 79 games at second base for Triple-A Las Vegas this season, gets his first major league start at the position on Wednesday night.
Collins said Sandy Alderson wanted to get Flores a look at second base, if for no other reason than to disqualify that as a position going forward. Flores is not going to get a streak of games at second base, but will see some time there down the stretch.
“Nobody says you’re auditioning a guy,” Collins said. “You’re just trying to see what his best position is. He’s played pretty much all year at second base. So when he came up here, the question is: ‘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: Is there going to be a fit there? Because if there isn’t, then you’ve got to certainly 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?’