Questions for the Mets

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Will the New York Mets be able to turn two? Kazuo Matsui started 109 games at shortstop, while Jose Reyes had 41 starts at second.

This season, general manager Omar Minaya and manager Willie Randolph will flip flop the two. Reyes is moving to shortstop and Matsui over to second, which is where Matsui was yesterday taking feeds from coach Manny Acta, who was flipping underhand tosses from shortstop.

Minaya brought Acta along with him from the Montreal Expos.

"That was the first time I did that drill," said Matsui of the rapid-fire drill with Acta. "In August when I was here rehabbing my back, I worked on fundamentals. This was done at a much faster pace."

Matsui played the final three games of last season at second. One of Acta's top assignments is teaching Matsui that he has more time around the base playing second base than as a shortstop.

Randolph, a second baseman during his playing days, is familiar with conversions.

With the Yankees, natural shortstop Alfonso Soriano was moved to second base.

"Soriano was more free-ranging and had more moving body parts," Randolph said. "There were times where we had to slow him down. I'm going to try and do as much as I can, but I trust my infield coach.

"Japanese players are more fundamentally sound. Matsui looked very natural, he can be a decent second baseman."

So far, so good for Matsui.

"There are things I have to work on, lots of things," he said.


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