According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Terry Collins decided to bat Andres Torres seventh and leave Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the leadoff spot because Torres only had 22 at-bats during his minor league rehab assignment, and because of the team’s outstanding production this past weekend in Denver.
Despite Torres having experience in left field and Nieuwenhuis never playing left field before, Collins said the numbers dictate Torres is a “pretty good centerfielder.”
Collins also suggested Scott Hairston would start in left field tomorrow, but given Lucas Duda is suffering from flu-like symptoms, both Nieuwenhuis and Hairston could start in the outfield tomorrow and Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Jason Bay is in New York and Collins said he will not return to baseball activities until he is pain free.
Bay was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with a fractured rib.
Lastly, according to Rubin, Collins said he planned to give Daniel Murphy the day off tomorrow.
Here, Terry Collins talks with Kevin Burkhardt about baserunning and giving his players the green light as well as Andres Torres’ ability to run: