Bobby Abreu got his first at bat with Mets on Tuesday, flying out to left field as a pinch hitter.
Terry Collins said this week that he expects Abreu to see some time in the outfield, so he can stay sharp for pinch-hitting duty. Abreu added that he expects to mostly be a pinch hitter and maybe serve as DH during Interleague games.
This is Abreu’s 18th season in the big leagues, which he enters having a career .396 OBP, while striking out in just 18 percent of his nearly 10,000 plate appearances.
“He fits right into our approach,” Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens said, who managed Abreu during the winter-ball season in Venezuela (Newsday, Apr. 22). “He doesn’t go out of the strike zone very often. He tries to have a quality at-bat. I thought he’d be good off the bench. He’s so experienced.”