Anthony DiComo reported today that outfielders Scott Hairston and Andres Torres will both be ready for Opening day in all likelihood.
Both will provide depth in the outfield that the Mets have been desperately searching for since Hairston and Torres went down with
Injured earlier this spring, Hairston will make his spring debut on Wednesday, after playing in a minor league game today in Port St. Lucie. Torres, on the other hand, has already played in nine Grapefruit League games this spring. He, according to DiComo, was able to play catch and hit in the batting cage. He is nursing a strained calf which has kept him out of action for eight days.
Having both Hairston and Torres on the roster will mean that Terry Collins will have more flexibility on his bench, because he doesn’t have to worry about carrying a natural center fielder on the Opening Day roster. This means that it will be even more likely that Mike Baxter, who is not a natural center fielder. will travel north with the team.
Torres will likely retake the role as leadoff hitter and starting center fielder if he is ready to return when the Mets open up their regular season on April 5. Hairston will also likely regain his role as the team’s fourth or fifth outfielder.