Bobby Abreu will start in right field and hit sixth during Thursday’s day-game against the Cardinals (Mets on Twitter, Apr. 24).
Curtis Granderson will get the day off, despite ending a career-long hitless streak with a single in the first inning Wednesday night.
10:28 am: Terry Collins said he wanted to get Abreu’s bat in lineup.
In his view, it will be wise to get Abreu at least one start a week to keep him fresh and ready for bigger at bats later in the season.
Collins said he is not concerned about having Abreu in the outfield on a day when Bartolo Colon is pitching.
“He is 40 years old, so I’m sure he doesn’t move as he used to,” Collins said of Abreu’s defensive abilities. However, “Colon is a groundball pitcher, so it just added up.”
Granderson wanted to play, but understands the decision by Collins to get him a day of rest.
10:11 am: Abreu’s last major league start was July 25, 2012, for the Dodgers.
Granderson is batting .125 with just one home run and five RBI.
“We work quite a bit together, every day,” said Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens (NY Post, Apr. 24). “He’s great with his routine, and he’s an incredible worker. That’s why I’m confident he’ll come out of it.
According to columnist John Harper, the Mets may have been better off signing Shin-Soo Choo, who fit Sandy Alderson’s desired approach at the plate.
Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Rangers, while Granderson signed a four-year, $60 million with the Mets >> Read more in the Daily News.