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In the midst of their freefall, the Mets are now benching Amed Rosario for at least a few games in favor of Jose Reyes.
The reason for benching their young shortstop and replacing him with a player who arguably should have been designated for assignment over a month ago is that the Mets want Rosario to "take a break, work on some things and go from there," manager Mickey Callaway explained on Sunday.
"We can get more and more work in when he's not having to perform that night," Callaway added.
Rosario has struggled this season, hitting just .245/.271/.361 with four home runs, two triples, 12 doubles, and four stolen bases. But he was on an eight-game hitting streak until it was snapped Saturday night. He was then benched on Sunday, with more days off to come starting Monday night.
"That's the manager's decision," Rosario said through an interpreter, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post. "I agree with him. It's something he does for my own good."
Rosario did not arrive in the majors in 2017 as a finished product. That was something GM Sandy Alderson was not happy about, and blamed partially on the staff at Triple-A Las Vegas -- most of whom were replaced before this season.
Two major things Rosario needs to work on are his pitch selection (he chases way too many pitches out of the zone and has walked just eight times this season) and ability to steal bases.
Rosario said earlier this season that despite his speed, stealing bases is not something that is a plus skill for him. Along with his four steals this season, he has been thrown out four times.
The fact that the Mets have to turn to Reyes right now is another story entirely. But as far as Rosario is concerned, it can be argued that he's better off playing every day in Triple-A (with the staff down there receiving instruction on how to deal with him from the big league staff) than sitting on the bench in the majors.