Mets manager Jerry Manuel told reporters before last night’s game that Gary Sheffield likely won’t get a start in the outfield until Wednesday at home against the Padres. Manuel had been planning on starting Sheffield on Sunday against the Marlins.
The Mets have been working Sheffield in the outfield before each game getting him ready to play defensively. He hasn’t played the outfield regularly since 2005. There have even been reports that Sheffield believes that he needs to lose weight to be an effective outfielder.
The Mets don’t need to rush Sheffield because Ryan Church is hitting the cover off the ball so far this season. Through the first four games he’s hitting .533/ .588/ .733.