Return of injured stars will bolster Mets' bench

Return of injured stars will bolster Mets' bench

Return of injured stars will bolster Mets' bench
SAN FRANCISCO -- With or without one or more blockbuster trades, the Mets team that takes the field in late July will not look like the one in AT&T Park this weekend.

As Jose Reyes, David Wright and Ike Davis are all set to return sooner rather than later, many of the Mets who have seen a lot of time in the starting lineup recently will return to roles on the bench. Manager Terry Collins said players like Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Justin Turner will continue to be important parts of the club, and the time spent developing some reserves during the first half of the season should pay dividends toward the end of the year.

"Those guys that have been playing here, they're going to continue to have huge roles here, but yeah, our bench will be a lot better. No doubt about it," Collins said. "I think we've got a very, very good look now of the options we're going to have when that time comes, and you've got to like the fact that those guys are confident in what they're doing.

"I don't think it's going to change the way these guys deal with it. I think these guys understand it's all about the team," Collins added. "They've had to step up, and we've asked them to step up. They did it. They may not like [returning to the bench], which they're not supposed to like it, but I know they'll accept it and they'll do the best they can. No doubt in my mind."