Las Vegas 51s' Amed Rosario joining Mets Tuesday


"Now he's going to get his opportunity to show it".

Chasen Bradford was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to give the Mets bullpen depth, following Reed's trade to the Red Sox. But Collins said Rosario would be the primary option at shortstop.

Amed Rosario followed half a step behind Jose Reyes, just behind his left shoulder as they climbed out of the dugout at Coors Field and onto the grass for pregame stretching.

"It was actually pretty hard, one of the tougher plays I've seen in this game", Rosario said through a translator. "I'm really at a loss for words for this, I'm so, so excited". "Plus, he's (Rosario) continued to play really well".

NY general manager Sandy Alderson said timing was decided on about six weeks ago and the team wanted to get past Monday's trade deadline before bringing up Rosario, who is hitting.328 with seven homers, 58 RBIs and 19 steals in 94 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. The call-up of the Mets' No. 1-ranked prospect had been anticipated for weeks, but Rosario said he pushed all the hype surrounding his pending promotion from his mind. "I just want to do the best I can and I want to do my best to drive those runs in".

And helping guide Rosario the last year has been the man who was in his shoes 14 years ago.

"It really means a lot that they're there for me like that", Rosario said, his new No. 1 hanging near him. Let him settle in a little bit. Collins said Rosario will receive occasional days off while he gets acclimated to the big leagues, but ultimately he should play close to an everyday role at shortstop.

Left-hander Jerry Blevins then came in and the Rockies didn't do much against him but they did just enough to push a run over the plate and tie the game. "I never could have imagined I would be at this level with him".

Before the game, Reyes took Rosario on a form of freshman orientation, showing him everything from the clubhouse cafeteria to the computer used to request tickets for friends and family. "I think he handled himself at shortstop very well", Collins said of watching Rosario during spring training.

That didn't come to fruition as many expected though, with Reed and Duda being the only major pieces traded despite the Mets being far out of contention for this year's postseason.

Rosario has been working on learning the language for some time and said it's coming along quite well.

"He's really been there for me since previous year when started developing that", Rosario said. "I think I can defend myself", he said, in Spanish. They went without a hit until Trevor Story beat out an infield single with one out in the fifth.