Now playing left field: Jon Niese
With zero position players remaining on the Mets bench, David Wright was ejected in the ninth inning Sunday for arguing balls and strikes.
Asked what his plans were had the Mets forced a 10th inning, manager Jerry Manuel said simply: “I don’t know.”
But he did know. After Wright’s ejection, Manuel told Jonathon Niese — who last played the outfield in high school — to grab a glove and prepare to play left field.
“So I was getting ready,” Niese said.
More of a mystery was which outfielder was going to play third base. Though Manuel did not instruct any of his outfielders to prepare, the rumblings on the bench were that Jason Bay — a former college third baseman — would have shifted over to the position.
“You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Bay said. “I might have needed to borrow a glove. And a cup.”
But he might have had competition for the position. Angel Pagan, who regularly played shortstop as a teenager, said he was considering offering up his services at third base.
“I can still do it a little bit,” Pagan said. “If they put me in there, I would have tried to do the best I could. I’d knock the balls down with my chest or something.”