Andres Torres, who has not played in a game since straining his left calf 11 days ago, got back into game action on Friday afternoon when he took at-bats during a minor league game. Torres collected one hit in five at-bats during the contest, although he did not play the field. Following the game, he was described as looking “awkward” at the plate by Mets manager Terry Collins; which has many questioning whether he will be available for Opening Day.
“When you don’t play for 10 days, two weeks, you can get like that,” Collins said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “He’s hit in the cage and he’s hit off a machine. He’s tracked. He’s done all the [preliminary] stuff. Now, he’s just got to get in there and start to see live pitching, try to pick up [the ball’s] rotation and other things that big league hitters do.”
According to DiComo, however:
Torres will not be able to do that in Grapefruit League games, where his presence would prevent the Mets from backdating a potential disabled-list stint to start the season. The Mets will only use him in one of their final five Major League exhibitions if the center fielder proves completely healthy in Minor League games.
Though that does not necessarily preclude Torres from breaking camp with the team, it certainly makes it more difficult.
On Sunday afternoon, Torres played in another minor league game, going 1-for-4 with a stolen base:
According to Rubin, Torres tried to steal three times on Sunday (twice the ball was put in play; the other Torres swiped third base). Following the game, manager Terry Collins told reporters he expects Torres to participate in a Grapefruit League game as early as Tuesday; signaling that the organization fully believes the center fielder will avoid the disabled list:
“He wants to play — bad. [Trainer] Ray [Ramirez] and I were standing there. And I told Ray, ‘You can say what you want, but he’s trying to show that he can play.'”
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