|Jason Bay could see some CF Action|
Torres left Tuesday's game against the Nationals in the second inning with a left calf strain, leaving the Mets uncertain of his status going forward. But they do know they have options. Minutes after the game ended, regular left fielder Jason Bay approached manager Terry Collins to offer his services in center field. Collins accepted, with plans to play Bay there later this week.
In addition to Bay, Collins also plans to use Mike Baxter, Adam Loewen and infield prospect Jordany Valdespin in center in the coming days, all to deduce who might be a realistic option at the position come April. None of the four are natural center fielders.
"I'm just trying to figure out what my best fits are," Collins said.
All of that, of course, will become moot if Torres recovers quickly. To that end, the Mets will watch their starting center fielder closely over the next few days, knowing how much time Torres missed last season due to various injuries with the Giants. Torres felt a pull in his left calf while fielding Brett Carroll's line drive in the second inning Tuesday, leading to his early departure.