Abreu not leading man consideration

June, 3, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Bobby Abreu has a team-leading .397 on-base percentage, albeit in only 63 plate appearances. Still, Terry Collins emphatically said Tuesday that Abreu is not a consideration for interim leadoff hitter.

It's not about the 40-year-old Abreu's age, although Collins does not want to put him in the outfield too often.

The manager's objection to considering Abreu as a leadoff hitter?

"Because he drives in runs for us," Collins said.

Matt den Dekker starts in the leadoff spot Tuesday for a second straight day since Juan Lagares landed on the disabled list with a rib-cage strain. Collins said he will take the leadoff role "day by day."

On den Dekker, Collins said: "He's going to play some games. I don't know how many."

As for Abreu, Collins suggested playing too often is catching up with the veteran.

"He's running a little out of fuel right now," Collins said. "... With some rest, I'll tell you, he's going to be valuable for us."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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