Luis Hernandez and his no-longer-broken foot have leapt back into the second base fray.
Last week the Mets pared our list a bit by cutting 11 players from major league camp including six position players: Kai Gronauer, Zach Lutz, Fernando Martinez, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, and Jordany Valdespin. Mike Nickeas remains on the list even though he's the only obvious candidate to back up Josh Thole for the first eight games of the season while Ronny Paulino serves out his PED-related suspension.
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|Russ Adams, IF||I just don't see a fit for him. He's behind several players on the depth chart at second and third.|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||Collins allegedly doesn't want Castillo on the team for drama-related reasons, but smart money is still on Luis making the team.|
|Raul Chavez, C||Little more than a catcher's mitt at this point in camp.|
|Lucas Duda, OF||If Carlos Beltran isn't healthy enough to avoid the disabled list for Opening Day, Duda has a shot to break camp as a backup right fielder. A tough week at the plate has his spring OBP down to .317.|
|Brad Emaus, 2B||Support within the organization from J.P. Ricciardi and Dickie Scott may not be enough to keep Emaus from a return trip to Toronto.|
|Nick Evans, OF/1B||Still no patience or power in spring, and his lack of minor league options means he'd be exposed to waivers if the Mets don't add him to the 25-man roster for Opening Day. Some other team would certainly be interested in an inexpensive lefty-masher.|
|Willie Harris, OF||Harris continues to hit and draw walks this spring and has the inside track for the fifth outfielder spot. If Beltran isn't ready for Opening Day it's a near certainty that Harris will be.|
|Luis Hernandez, IF||Just when I thought he was out, Terry Collins pulls him back in. Still a longshot to win the second base job, that's better than the "no shot" he had last week.|
|Chin-lung Hu, IF||Hu has drawn a few walks this spring and generally hasn't embarrassed himself at the plate. Almost every realistic Opening Day scenario has Hu backing up Reyes at shortstop|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||Murphy's stock is falling as rumors of his iffy defense have apparently been confirmed. I still favor his bat at second over anyone else in the fray.|
|Mike Nickeas, C||Ronny Paulino is finally stateside so Nickeas's ride with the Mets will probably only last through the season's first eight games.|
|Val Pascucci, DH||Move along. Nothing to see here.|
|Jason Pridie, OF||Might've had an outside shot at the fifth outfielder spot before doing nothing with the bat this spring.|
|Dusty Ryan, C||See Raul Chavez.|
|Justin Turner, IF||Opening Day with the Mets may not be in the cards, but from his Twitter page we've learned of his boredom in Port St. Lucie and his fondness for Victoria Bekham [sic].|