Centerfielder Juan Lagares was activated from the disabled list after the Mets' 8-5 loss to the A's Wednesday night, and infielder Wilmer Flores was demoted. That leaves Terry Collins without a true backup shortstop, so Ruben Tejada will be expected to start every game for the time being.
In an emergency, Eric Campbell will be the shortstop. He's played only two games there, both this year with Triple-A Las Vegas. He made two errors, according to baseball-reference.com.
Lagares' return also means the outfield will become more talented, and more crowded, too. Collins admits he hasn't figured out how he can share the at-bats.
Curtis Granderson is assured of starting most games. Lagares was playing well as the everyday centerfielder before he left a game June 1 with pain in his rib cage, so presumably he'll play most days. That leaves Eric Young Jr., Chris Young and Bobby Abreu for one spot.
"I don't have an answer to that,'' Collins said. "But I'm going to try to do the best I can to make sure that those at-bats are divvied out.''
Doing the wave
Now that the Mets' celebration of waving towels after every hit has caught on, might the day come when an opponent takes offense to their dugout antics? Collins isn't worried, saying they needed something like this to "lighten up.
"In the game today everybody does something that irritates the other team every once in a while,'' he said. "Because it's throughout the league, it's pretty much ignored. It doesn't bother me a bit.''
Duda left out, then goes deep
Collins has said he wants to play Lucas Duda more often against lefthanders, but he didn't start him for the second straight game against a lefty. The reason? Collins wanted to use the same lineup that scored 10 runs Tuesday night.
"Winning,'' he said, "takes precedence over a lot of things.''
Duda pinch hit in the seventh and hit a three-run homer off lefty Brad Mills.