In the fourth inning on Thursday, Flores botched a would-be double-play ball, which opened the door for three runs off a visually-frustrated Jacob DeGrom.
"I wish I had the answer to it," Collins said, when asked about Flores. "When we decided he was going to be the shortstop, you realize there might be a couple rough spots. But, you realize the minute you jerk him out of the lineup and throw him on the bench because he's not good enough to play shortstop, you might as well put him someplace else because those days are over playing shortstop. ... You have to be a little patient.”
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In an effort to improve the team's infield defense, while Flores will remain at shortstop, Murphy is expected to shift to third base, with Dilson Herrera having been promoted to start at second base. In that scenario, Eric Campbell, who has been playing third base in place of the injured David Wright, will move to the bench.
Nelson Figueroa on WB Mason's Post Game Live: This was a tailor-made, groundball double play and Flores just lost focus. And it opened up the flood gates. You could just see the tide turning all because of a groundball double play that needed to and should've been handled. And it's one of those mistakes that puts pressure on your pitcher. If it's the first time it happened and it's not a big situation you can brush it off and say, 'Hey, don't worry, I'll pick you up right here.' But, when it's a repeat offender and something that continues to happen it effects everyone. It's such a huge, huge thing when players can't make the routine plays.
Matthew Cerrone: I have been saying Flores will get until at least mid May to prove he can do this every-day, despite having much of the second half of last season to work with as well. It's May 1. In Triple-A, Matt Reynolds, who looked very good in spring training, is batting .317 with a .380 OBP, while continuing to be praised by Wally Backman. I'm OK with playing Flores a little longer, but - if nothing changes - if Flores doesn't improve - they have to bring up Reynolds sooner than later. If for no other reason to let the pitching staff know that management has their backs. I only expect Sandy Alderson to start working the trade market if Reynolds also stumbles and the team is still above .500. Otherwise, I bet they keep feeling this out until they have no more options.