According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Wilmer Flores is set to start his first game at shortstop since the 2011 season, back when he played for Class A St. Lucie.
Terry Collins plans to give Flores the start at shortstop Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.
The Mets did not use Flores at shortstop at all the past two seasons, having decided his first-step quickness and range were insufficient. But they are willing to take another look given Ruben Tejada’s struggles as well as the need to identify a bat for the bench who can at least play a passable shortstop.
Still, Collins has acknowledged, the likelihood is Flores opens the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Anthony Seratelli and Omar Quintanilla otherwise apparently are vying for that backup middle-field role -- unless the Mets acquire a No. 1 shortstop that pushes Tejada to the backup role, which remains possible.