This afternoon at Digital Domain Park, Terry Collins spoke with reporters, and said he intends to meet with Carlos Beltran on Saturday, after he reports to camp. In either case, Beltran will be given the opportunity to show he’s healthy and able to play center, at which point Collins will make a decision.
He also said that, while it is fine for position players to report to camp this weekend, as are the rules, he would have preferred to see them arrive earlier, such as Luis Castillo, about whom he said:
“I was hoping he would be here, just so I can get the conversation over. … I’m a real believer in sending a message to the organization as a player. I thought Johan Santana did that yesterday. I thought he sent a message to everybody on that team that I’m behind you.”
Meanwhile, Oliver Perez has been promised a shot at being in the rotation by Collins and Sandy Alderson, and, if he doesn’t make it, Perez agreed he will go to the bullpen.
Lastly, in order to win this year, Collins said he might need “big seasons from unexpected sources,” such as Chris Young.
To listen to Terry Collins talk with reporters, click play below: