Sunday, March 25, 2012

Torres not progressing

Photo by Michael Baron

Andres Torres straining left calf is not making progress and there is still no time frame on his return.  With just a little over a week before opening day the Mets have to come up with an alternative plan.

Even if Hairston was seen as an everyday center fielder, which I don't believe is the case they have to take it easy on him as he returns from his second oblique injury in less than a year.

While Baxter, Loewen, Rottino and Hairston all can fill-in at center for a game or two but none of the group should be relied upon for two weeks straight.

The Mets seem to realize this as they have talked about carrying a true center fielder and while Kirk Nieuwenhuis is hurt, they have recalled Matt Den Dekker.

"It's a pretty big piece of the puzzle," Terry Collins said. "We got him to fill a pretty big void for us. With him being out out of the gate and with Scott hurt, we're going to scramble." source Newsday