Mets manager Terry Collins made an appearance on MLB Network on Tuesday, and he shared his thoughts on the team for Spring Training and the 2017 season.
1. With Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz all coming off varying levels of surgery he will go slow with them in Spring Training and the challenge in 2017 will be keeping them all healthy. He will be creative as far as keeping their innings in check.
2. While Sandy Alderson said Zack Wheeler will likely work out of the bullpen as a reliever to begin the year, Collins seemed to dispel that notion and said as far as he’s concerned Wheeler will begin the year as a starter to see how he performs more than two years removed from Tommy John Surgery. Collins added that perhaps Wheeler pitches out of the bullpen later in the season to preserve his innings.
3. Like everyone else, Collins was disappointed and surprised by the Jeurys Familia domestic assault news. However he is not worried about any potential suspension as he’s very confident that Addison Reed can take over as closer and get the job done. I agree with him.
4. With regard to the outfield configuration, Curtis Granderson could likely see significant time as the center fielder again with Juan Lagares expected to take over when the team faces a left-handed pitcher. That sounds like Michael Conforto will get his shot in right field to begin the season, and of course Yoenis Cespedes is in left field.
5. Terry Collins says David Wright will be in Port St. Lucie beginning in January. Wright is due to begin baseball activity shortly. Collins hopes Wright will play, maybe, four days in a row and then have a day off during the season.
I may add to this article after his media briefing at 3:00 PM.