Friday, March 28, 2014
Wright is backup backup shortstop
By Adam Rubin
MONTREAL -- It is unlikely to come into play very often, but Terry Collins says David Wright would be the shortstop if injury or in-game maneuvering somehow left Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla unavailable.
Wright has appeared in two career major-league games, for a total of eight innings, at shortstop. He always relishes those opportunities.
Wright most recently logged six innings at shortstop in a May 28, 2012 game after Justin Turner suffered a third-inning ankle injury and departed.
Collins reasoned that Wright would be the appropriate choice because he often is stationed in that area when the Mets employ extreme shifts anyway.
Eric Young Jr. played the final Grapefruit League inning at shortstop Thursday, but that was just to take a look. Collins does not intend to use EY Jr. there unless there is an emergency situation.
Asked if Young could at some point be viewed as the backup shortstop, freeing the Mets from carrying a limited bat such as Quintanilla, Collins said: "It might be a stretch right now."