Mets infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker will begin taking ground balls at third base, Terry Collins told reporters Thursday.
Walker (hamstring) will begin practicing at the position once he comes back from the disabled list. However, Cabrera won't play third until Walker returns to the lineup, according to Collins. Cabrera told reporters that he is willing to slide over to third, a position he's only played once in his major league career.
On Wednesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reported that Cabrera would play third to possibly expand his trade value. Cabrera asked for a trade in June, but subsequently rescinded his request. He is due to earn about $4 million the rest of the season before facing a 2018 club option or $2 million buyout.
The Red Sox have shown interest in Cabrera, as well as TJ Rivera and Wilmer Flores, in their search for a third baseman, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Walker is expected to begin playing rehab games in the coming days and could rejoin the Mets when they face the Padres, Collins said Wednesday. Walker has logged 15 career games at third, but hasn't played the position since 2010.
Top-ranked Mets prospect Amed Rosario still remains in Triple-A Las Vegas, where he is hitting .330 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs. He sat out the last two games with a bruised right index finger but is expected to be back in the 51s' lineup Thursday.