Terry Collins might be working with some familiar faces when he manages the National League All-Stars in this year’s Midsummer Classic.
Major League Baseball released its first ballot update of the year, and so far, at least five Mets appear to be in shooting distance of a roster spot.
Yoenis Cespedes, third overall among outfielders, leads the way with 792,395. Lucas Duda, Neil Walker and David Wright are each in third place at first, second, and third base (Walker, at 269,125, is a little more than 200,000 votes behind former Met Daniel Murphy). Michael Conforto is eighth in voting for a spot in the outfield.
Of course, none of this accounts for what might very well be the Mets’ best chance at representation: Collins is the one who chooses his All-Star pitching staff, after all, and there may be a few names he’s apt to consider.
The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Park.
Reliever Hansel Robles was forced to leave the game after facing only one batter in the 12th inning Wednesday in what the Mets said was a sprained right ankle. Collins said he believes Robles will be OK for Friday night. It’s a “slight sprain,” he said. “Nothing severe. He caught a spike on the rubber when he made his delivery and he was just probably a little nervous and didn’t want to all of a sudden get into trouble at that point in the game.”
Wright DL decision looms
Collins said that Wright, who was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck, will receive more treatment — which, up until now, has been anti-inflammatory injections — and meet the team in Miami Friday. Collins said he still hasn’t made a decision on whether Wright will head to the disabled list, but that he’ll know more once he confers with his third baseman after Thursday’s off day.