Mets OF Jay Bruce will get at least "some" time fielding ground balls at first base, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.
According to Collins, because Lucas Duda is coming off an injury-shortened season, he'd like to see Bruce get exposure to first base, in the event Duda ends up injured again.
That said, Collins noted, "We're not pushing it on him."
In 1,270 career games, spanning nine seasons, Bruce, 29, has played just three games at first base, all of which came during a short span with the Reds in 2014.
It was reported in January by the NY Post that Bruce was informed by the Mets that they intend to have him be their everyday right fielder to start the 2017 season, despite Sandy Alderson reportedly trying to trade him for multiple prospects all winter.
In a situation where Bruce is the everyday right fielder, Collins has repeatedly said Curtis Granderson will see action in center field, along with Juan Lagares, with Michael Conforto serving as fourth outfielder or possibly beginning his season with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Unlike his plan for Bruce, Collins said Monday that Conforto would not be getting time at first base this spring, which is contradictory to what Alderson said earlier in the winter.