Apr. 5, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Andres Torres (56) rounds the bases during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
The Mets will demote Zach Lutz in order to clear room on the roster for Andres Torres, who will make his return from the disabled list tomorrow as they Mets begin a three-game series against the Houston Astros.
Torres has been out since he left the game on Opening Day with a calf injury, but he is expected to play center field and hit in the leadoff spot tomorrow night. In Torres' absence, Kirk Nieuwenhuis made several outstanding plays in center, but Nieuwenhuis is expected to move to left field to accommodate the veteran center fielder.
So long as Jason Bay is on the disabled list, two-thirds of the Mets' outfield figures to play very good defense. Scott Hairston becomes the fourth outfielder, and Jordany Valdespin will remain with the team and could get playing time in the outfield if necessary. If Nieuwenhuis and Torres play well, there will be a nice debate about which players should get playing time when Bay returns.