Morning News: Torres strains calf; Terry considers options

Last night, Andres Torres was hurt after catching a line drive in the second inning. He was replaced in the top of the third inning by Adam Loewen, after which, he told reporters he doesn’t expect to be out long, saying:

[jbox color=”gray”]”Couple days, see how it goes and hopefully I’ll be back soon. It’s a little bit frustrating because I’m feeling really good.”[/jbox]

Meanwhile, Terry Collins said he will consider Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin in centerfield, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, Jason Bay volunteered to play center as well.

To read more on Torres injury and his possible replacements, check out Newsday, Daily News, Star Ledger, and the New York Post.

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To read Michael Baron’s thoughts on both Valdespin and Nieuwenhuis,

Michael Baron: The one advantage Valdespin has is speed – he is very fast and has outstanding range as an infielder. I don’t know how that would translate to the outfield, but with the injuries to both Torres and Scott Hairston, the Mets are in the unfortunate position where they need to get creative, and given Valdespin has the potential to be a very dynamic player, why not at this point…

With that said, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the more ideal candidate to replace Torres and Hairston in the short term, especially if they are going to be out for any length of time. However, he has been sent to minor league camp and he injured his oblique earlier this month, and so his opportunities have been limited so far this Spring as he is still unavailable.