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ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is reporting that manager Terry Collins is reverting from his previous plan of having Yoenis Cespedes strictly stick in center field against left-handed pitching. Originally Collins wanted Juan Lagares to play left field, and Cespedes to stick in center field, in order for Cespedes not to move around as much, when the Mets faced a left-hander. Terry Collins also stated that Michael Conforto may not be used in right field against a left-handed pitcher if Curtis Granderson sits, but Eric Campbell or Juan Lagares could play right field. This is a moot point for the time being as the Mets aren’t expected to face a southpaw the first week of the season.
Terry Collins stated today that he may use one of his many outfielders as a designated hitter in Kansas City, in order to have Juan Lagares glove in the outfield.
Terry Collins also stated that game situations in Kansas City will dictate how the rest of the rotation fills out, after Jacob deGrom’s April 8th start in the series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Collins believes it could be Matt Harvey or Bartolo Colon starting on the 9th.
Jacob deGrom will make his final start of the spring Thursday night against the Chicago Cubs in a Las Vegas exhibition game. Steven Matz will make his final spring start on Friday afternoon’s exhibition game against the Cubs also in Las Vegas.