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'Spin will be in infield, Tovar not here

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jordany Valdespin will primarily play infield during spring training, not continue to dabble in the outfield, Terry Collins said Saturday afternoon.

Jordany Valdespin

Jordany Valdespin

#1 LF
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM94
  • HR8

  • RBI26

  • R28

  • OBP.286

  • AVG.241

"He played a lot of outfield in winter ball. This spring, we need to put him back in the infield a little bit," Collins said. "We know if, need be, we can play him in the outfield. We need to take a look at him in the infield right now."

As for areas of needed improvement for Valdespin, Collins said: "Obviously what we saw at the end is we've got to get him to be a little more disciplined at the plate to handle some of the offspeed stuff they started giving him a steady diet of later in the season. ... Deeper in the count you've got to start being a little more disciplined."

• The Mets' Sunday workout will be pushed back to noon with the wind chill expected to be sub-30 degrees at 9 a.m. The Mets then hold the first of their unity-building weekly bowling events that evening.

• Double-A infielder Wilfredo Tovar as well as Jenrry Mejia are the lone players due to report to camp who have yet to arrive. Tovar does not have a visa issue, assistant GM John Ricco said. Position players were not required to be at the complex Saturday.

Johan Santana's first bullpen session since being shut down last August will occur Sunday as scheduled, pitching coach Dan Warthen said.