Wilmer Flores has started three games since being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas six games ago, yet Terry Collins said before Tuesday’s game that Ruben Tejada is still his primary shortstop.
In the three games he has started, Flores is 2-for-10 with two singles and no RBI.
Collins was asked if he no longer has confidence in Flores, and perhaps that is why he is not giving Flores as much playing time as a 24-year-old infield prospect should get, to which the manager, noticeably bristled, responded: ”No, no. I didn’t say that. The other kid [Tejada] is playing pretty good. I don’t know what games you’ve been watching, but we’ve been playing pretty good lately.”
Tejada is batting .103 in his last 50 plate appearances. The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
“You pick and choose your spots,”Collins said, appearing rather frustrated with the line of questioning. “Wilmer came up because Ruben got beaned, so we were concerned about having a backup. So that’s why he’s here. There were no instructions to play him everyday. We’re going to try to get him at-bats. That’s why he’s in there today.”
Lastly, the reporter asked if there is anything Flores can do to stay in the lineup on a daily basis, to which Collins said, “Nothing. … We’ve got to figure out if he is going to be the shortstop, or if the other guy is going to be the shortstop.”
To hear audio of the exchange between Collins and the reporter, click here: