Collins: Flores 'will be fine' at shortstop

LOS ANGELES -- A day after shortstop Wilmer Flores committed two bad errors, one leading to three unearned runs, and solemnly talking about how he has to change his attitude after mistakes, Mets manager Terry Collins assured the media that Flores can handle the position.

“He’s going to have another rough day one of these times,” Collins said before Saturday’s game. “It’s the big leagues. It happens. It’s happened to the greatest players. You deal with those things when they come up. You just have to get back out there. He will be fine.”

Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores

#4 SS
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM48
  • HR1

  • RBI14

  • R10

  • OBP.255

  • AVG.224

Flores’ mood was dim after Friday’s game as he stood in a narrow hallway and talked to reporters about his lack of execution. He admitted to letting the first error affect his mindset and struggling to have a short memory when things go wrong for him in the field.

“I have to forget that stuff,” Flores said.

Flores, 23, has just 74 major league games under his belt and is still learning to handle the rigors of a season. Collins is confident Flores can figure things out and praised him as a developing hitter.

“He knows what he’s doing, and he doesn’t try to do too much,” Collins said. “He takes his hits to right field.”

Flores was spiked on the right hand Friday when Scott Van Slyke slid into him at second base. He could be seen shaking the hand for a while after the play.

Flores had X-rays after the game that came back negative, but he had it wrapped in ice and said it was sore. Collins said the young shortstop was fine Saturday and the hand wasn’t an issue.

Syndergaard’s consistency: Minor league right-hander Noah Syndergaard had an interesting outing Friday night, allowing five first-inning runs and finishing with a six runs allowed, five earned, over six innings for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Collins heard all about the outing and said the Mets want to see more consistency from the first-round pick acquired from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey trade. Coming into the season, Syndergaard was the rated as the No. 11 prospect in all the minors by MLB.com and BaseballProspectus.com. He was No. 16, according to Baseball America, and No. 24, according to ESPN.com’s Keith Law.

“He gave up five in the first inning and then looked good,” Collins said. “You have to be consistent. We can talk about the offense and the ballpark [at Triple-A], but you have to be consistent.

“It’s one of the things [the organization] talks about with him. He’s young and he’s going to have ups and downs.”

Collins was asked if he thought Syndergaard could be a September call-up, but the manager said he wouldn’t want him called up unless there was no limit on how much he could pitch.

“I don’t want him to come up and have five innings to work with and then he has to come out,” Collins said.