According to a report by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, a solid showing at big league camp coupled with the possibility that Daniel Murphy begins the season on the DL, has given Matt Reynolds the inside track at making the opening day roster over Daniel Muno.
“I feel like I’ve been working really hard this camp. I came in working hard. It doesn’t change just because I suddenly get thrown into the mix,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds is hitting .381 in 42 spring at-bats with a .595 Slugging and .995 OPS.
It’s looking more and more likely that Murphy, who took at-bats without running in a minor-league game on Sunday, will start the season on the disabled list. Because the Mets can backdate it, he could only end up missing a week.
Danny Muno and Ruben Tejada have not been officially ruled out.
“He’s a baseball player — everybody keeps saying that about him, but that’s what he is,” manager Terry Collins said. “He handles the bat, he runs the bases, he does a lot of little things right. But Danny Muno’s a dangerous bat — I’ll tell you what, he can get a hit. And the other kid, Ruben, he’s played there. He’s played there under the bright lights and been very successful. So we’ve got a lot of options.”
That decision will come later this week, when the Mets determine for certain whether Murphy goes on the DL.