Jonathan Malo, Next In Line To Fill In at SS?

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 03:  Jonathan Malo #89 of the New York Mets bats against the Boston Red Sox on April 3, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The game marks the first time the Mets play in their new ballpark. The Mets won the game 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Ramon Martinez did a decent job filling in at second base at the end of last season, when the beleaguered Luis Castillo could no longer be counted upon, but he has been absolutely awful, in all aspects of the game at shortstop.

Martinez has turned several routine plays into errors, he can barely throw the ball to first base, and Wright has ranged into short on several balls in his attempt to cover up for the fill-in shortstop.
With Reyes day-to-day due to tendinitis (source NY Post) in his knee, if Martinez continues to look this bad in the field, ( that's over looking his 0-12 at the plate) the Mets may need to try someone else at the position.
Many have speculated that Argenis Reyes could be called upon, the 26 year old, infielder, played in 27 games last season at second base, when Castillo was on the disabled list. After getting off to a hot start, he ended up hitting only .218 and was replaced by Martinez on the depth chart. Aside from his struggles at the plate, he showed only average range at the easier position of second base...
A. Reyes hasn't taken over at shortstop in Buffalo, instead; Manuel favorite Jonathan Malo has played ever game at short, since the Martinez's promotion. Malo gained Manuel's praise with his glove during spring training and if the Mets decide to go in another direction for a Jose Reyes' fill-in, they may decide to go with all glove Malo (he's hitting .219 in Buffalo)...

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