Collins said last week that he will also use Flores at second and third base (Kernan, Feb. 4).
Team reports indicate Flores improved his agility and quickness at this winter's strength and fitness camp.
"If that's the case," Collins said, "I want to see it."
Flores played shortstop in 2011 with Single-A St. Lucie, but later moved to third and second base.
“The work that they have done on speed and agility and quickness, etc., may have an impact on his ability to play certain positions,” Sandy Alderson said last week (DiComo, Jan. 30).
Otherwise, as it stands, Omar Quintanilla and Ruben Tejada will compete to be the team's starting shortstop.
According to Collins, Anthony Seratelli is a viable option as a back-up infielder.