Friday, April 13, 2012
Torres still stalled with calf injury
By Adam Rubin
Andres Torres, who reinjured his left calf on Opening Day and landed on the disabled list, has not yet resumed running, manager Terry Collins said. Torres is tossing a baseball in Port St. Lucie, but it's clear he will not be ready to be activated from the disabled list when he is eligible April 21.
• Why put Justin Turner in David Wright's No. 3 hole in Wright's absence?
Collins, who was on Jim Leyland's staff in Pittsburgh, said Leyland often had Barry Bonds' fill-in slot into Bonds' No. 5 hole, or Andy Van Slyke's replacement slot into Van Slyke's No. 3 hole, as to not disrupt the entire lineup.
The manager added that he likes Turner's ability to put the bat on the ball and make contact.
Turner is starting in the No. 3 hole for the first time in his career.
• The lefty-righty platoon in center field may not be as rigid as Collins has let on.
Rather than have Kirk Nieuwenhuis sit twice in the Phillies series with southpaws Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels starting for Philadelphia, Collins said he is leaning toward having the rookie start Sunday against Hamels. Collins dislikes having rookies sit too much at the major league level. Scott Hairston is starting against Lee on Friday night. Collins said Nieuwenhuis -- who is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against southpaws during his young major league career -- might neutralize Hamels' changeup.
• Collins is not underestimating the Phillies' subs, but he acknowledged now is a golden opportunity to be playing the Phillies, who are minus Ryan Howard (heel) and Chase Utley (knee).
"When you've got them banged up like they are, you have to take advantage," Collins said.
• Hard as it is to believe, the Mets actually are the calm after the storm in Philly. Normally the Mets are the focal point after drama. But, this time, Ozzie Guillen and the Marlins preceded the Mets' visit to Citizens Bank Park. And during their visit is when the height of Guillen's comments about Fidel Castro played out.