Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores was a healthy scratch both Saturday and Sunday, as manager Terry Collins turned to Ruben Tejada at shortstop 24 hours after saying Flores’ job was not in jeopardy.
Collins explained to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the Mets “are hoping a couple of days refreshes him and gets him back on track.”
Flores’ defense has lived up to its poor billing with seven errors in 21 games and slightly below-average marks in advanced metrics, and hopes that his bat could make up for his glove have not been correct so far. Flores has hit just .240 with three homers and a .665 OPS, including an ugly 16/2 K/BB ratio.
It sounds like Flores will remain the primary shortstop, but if he doesn’t start putting up bigger numbers at the plate Collins isn’t going to keep living with his defensive issues.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”