Among the things people expected to hear on Tuesday, Todd Frazier being an option for the Mets at shortstop was probably not high on the list. But here we are.
Frazier, who will play nine innings in a rehab game on Tuesday night, will spend four of those innings at shortstop, manager Mickey Callaway said before the Mets' game at Citi Field against the Twins.
According to Callaway, the Mets want to have "that option" of using Frazier at shortstop when he returns. And that could be soon, with the 33-year-old progressing since beginning his rehab assignment on April 2. He has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained left oblique
The Mets wanting to have the option of using Frazier at shortstop is probably bad news for Luis Guillorme, who is the only true backup shortstop on the roster and is the likely roster casualty when Frazier is activated.
If the Mets option Guillorme to Triple-A Syracuse when Frazier returns, the emergency shortstop option on the roster would likely be Jeff McNeil.
The other potential roster casualty when Frazier comes back seems to be Dominic Smith, who is currently serving as the backup first baseman but has not got any time in the outfield. It would seem that J.D. Davis, who has been starting regularly at third base, is safe.