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Will Terry Collins shift Asdrubal Cabrera to second when he returns?

New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera rounds the

New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera rounds the bases on his solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning in an MLB baseball game at Citi Field on Monday, June 12, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

LOS ANGELES — When Asdrubal Cabrera rejoins the Mets in San Francisco on Friday, he could be playing a different position.

Manager Terry Collins is flirting with the idea of moving Cabrera from shortstop to second base. That would allow Jose Reyes to remain at shortstop, where he has looked more comfortable this season.

“Wherever TC puts me to play, I’m going to be open to doing it,” Reyes said on Thursday. “We’re not in the situation right now to be complaining about where we’re going to play. You just want to be on the field and try to contribute to the ballclub.”

Both Reyes and Cabrera — who has been on the disabled list with a sprained thumb — have limited range at shortstop. However, after making only seven errors all last season, Cabrera has made 11 errors this season at shortstop in 369 2⁄3 defensive innings. Reyes has one error in 262 2⁄3 defensive innings.

Collins did not commit to reshuffling the middle infield in the absence of starting second baseman Neil Walker. Cabrera, who has experience at second, has expressed his desire to remain at shortstop. Collins also left open the possibility of Reyes moving to second, where he started 41 games in 2004.

Said Collins: “You can’t do this job if you can’t talk to a player about something.”

Extra bases

The Mets added a fresh arm to their bullpen, promoting righthander Chase Bradford from Triple-A Las Vegas. He took the place of righty Tyler Pill, who returned to Las Vegas after starting Wednesday night’s game. Bradford, 27, posted a 4.26 ERA in 29 relief appearances . . . Lefthander Tommy Milone (knee) was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster . . . Righthander Rafael Montero will start on Sunday against the Giants . . . Curtis Granderson started ahead of Michael Conforto on Thursday night.


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