PHILADELPHIA -- A day after Jordany Valdespin delivered a game-winning, three-run home run for his first Major League hit, manager Terry Collins was blunt about Valdespin's chances to remain in the Majors for any extended period of time, even with Ruben Tejada on the disabled list.
"It would be hard for him to do that," Collins said. "Not that he can't. But I'm not sure we really have enough time to get him in there that much."
Valdespin's issues are two-fold. Because the Mets face left-hander Cliff Lee on Wednesday, Justin Turner is scheduled to start that game at shortstop instead of Valdespin. And because regular shortstop sub Ronny Cedeno is due back from the disabled list Friday, there is a crunch for playing time at the big league level.
More than anything, Collins wants Valdespin to amass playing time at his young age, be it in the Major or Minor Leagues.
Even so, Valdespin's second stint in the Majors is already guaranteed to be a memorable one. Following Monday's game-winner, local fan Marty Wixted saw on television that his son had caught Valdespin's home run ball. Wixted called up the Mets, who offered to bring him and his four children back to Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday in exchange for the ball.