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Sandy Alderson: Terry Collins staying as manager

Mets manager Terry Collins speaks during a press

Mets manager Terry Collins speaks during a press conference announcing a two-year contract extension as general manager Sandy Alderson looks on at Citi Field on Monday, Sept. 30 2013. Credit: Jim McIsaac

SAN FRANCISCO — One year after storming to the National League pennant, the Mets have languished under the weight of expectations and injuries. Nevertheless, despite growing speculation about the job security of Terry Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson said there are no plans to make a change at manager.

“I don’t expect any change,” Alderson told Newsday on Thursday. “Who knows what will happen? But that’s true every year.”

Health issues have forced a revamp of the roster on the fly, and underperformance by the likes of Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud have only made matters worse.

The Mets began a four-game series against the Giants at .500 (60-60), four games out of the second wild-card spot, their hopes of winning the NL East title long evaporated.

“I just think that we haven’t gotten it done for a variety of reasons,” said Alderson, who accompanied the Mets for the middle portion of their 10-game road trip. “We have never used injuries as an excuse for not succeeding and I’m not going to do it now.”

The Mets entered play on Thursday 13-19 since the All-Star break. They lost more ground in the wild-card race after dropping two of three to the cellar-dwelling Diamondbacks.

But it appears that Collins will get the opportunity to turn around the Mets’ fortunes.

“The short answer is he is staying,” Alderson said. “The answer as to why? Because we think that it’s in the best interest of the organization.”

Extra bases

Yoenis Cespedes (quadriceps) and Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will be activated from the disabled list for Friday night’s game against the Giants. Both were given scheduled off days on Thursday after playing in rehab games this week . . . Outfielder Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) rejoined the Mets and started in centerfield against lefthander Madison Bumgarner. Pitcher Gabriel Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas . . . Neil Walker did not start for a third straight game because of lower back soreness.


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