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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Eric Young Jr. for shortstop?

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The final inning of Grapefruit League play had one unusual twist: Eric Young Jr. manning shortstop.

Young had never logged any duty there as a Met.


Bill Kostroun/Associated PressEric Young Jr. played the final inning of the final Grapefruit League game at shortstop.


He said Terry Collins approached him earlier in the day and advised him the club would take a look, at least for emergency situations.

Young said he had played shortstop as a professional before, but his minor-league stats list no regular-season games there. In his minor-league career, Young appeared in 569 games at second base, 55 games in center field and 19 games in left field.

"I did a couple of innings in the minors," Young told ESPNNewYork.com. "It's baseball. It doesn't really matter what position you play. The objective is getting out there -- any way to help. I enjoy playing baseball. I love playing the different positions. It was fun."

The Mets obviously are underwhelmed with Ruben Tejada as the starting shortstop, so much so that they are revisiting using Wilmer Flores as the position in the minors. Omar Quintanilla is expected to beat out Anthony Seratelli for the backup shortstop job.

Asked under what circumstances he believes Collins might use him at shortstop in-season, Young said: "He just asked me if I could do it if an emergency arose. I think it's one of those safety nets, knowing he has that in the back of his mind in case anything were to happen. Like I said, it doesn't matter to me. I just like playing baseball. It's fun playing different positions."