LOS ANGELES -- Terry Collins left little ambiguity when asked if Wilmer Flores strictly is considered an infielder by the organization.
Here's the exact dialogue with reporters, during which Collins interrupted the question multiple times about whether Flores might be used in the outfield:
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"Is he strictly an infielder going forward?" a reporter asked.
"Yes," Collins said.
"Or is there even a possibility that he could ..."
"No," Collins said.
"... remotely that you .. "
"No," the manager repeated.
"... play him in a corner ... "
Collins said he does plan to get Flores a look at second base by the end of the season, even though the rookie's range and first-step quickness is probably lacking there. Flores primarily played that position at Las Vegas before his promotion.
"We have too many guys there," Collins said. "... To move him back to second, I don't think is a big deal. This kid in the past has played shortstop and gone to winter ball and played third or short or second. You'd like to keep him in a comfort zone as best you can. Still, I think it's important to see how he plays when he gets an opportunity to play second base, see how he handles it, so we can have a better judgment of whether or not we think he can play the middle of the infield at the major league level."