Rosario went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
His fourth-inning two-bagger was the only hit the Mets scrounged up against a dominant Max Scherzer, while Rosario's deep shot to left field in the eighth was his first homer of the spring. Injuries have cost the 22-year-old some time this spring, but he appears to be rounding into form in plenty of time for Opening Day.
There's a small chance the young shortstop could see some work in the leadoff spot early in the season while Michael Conforto (shoulder) is on the DL, but manager Mickey Callaway is intent on loading some OBP at the top of his batting order, and at this stage of Rosario's career that's not part of his offensive profile -- he drew a walk in only 1.8 percent of his 170 plate appearances during his big-league debut last season. Hitting ahead of the pitcher in the No. 8 spot won't help Rosario's fantasy value, but the 22-year-old has the raw talent to work his way higher in the lineup with a strong start to 2018.
Rosario went 1-for-2 with a leadoff double in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.
He also looked good in the field, and Rosario's groin issue appears to be behind him. The 22-year-old will begin the season as the Mets' starting shortstop, and while his primary fantasy contribution will likely come via the stolen base, he's capable of better than the .248/.271/.394 slash line he posted in 46 major-league games last year.
Rosario (groin) will bat leadoff and play three innings in the field at shortstop against the Yankees on Saturday, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
Rosario returned to game action Friday, receiving two at-bats as the designated hitter versus Detroit. He's not out of the woods just yet but playing the field will be a good test for the groin, even if it's just for a few innings. Expect the 22-year-old to shed any limitations if all goes well this weekend.
Rosario (groin) was able to receive a pair of at-bats as the designated hitter during Friday's game, and said that he will take the field for three innings at shortstop against the Yankees on Saturday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.
Rosario will follow the plan that manager Mickey Callaway laid out for the 22-year-old prior to Friday's game as he works his way back to full health from a groin injury. It shouldn't be too much longer before Rosario isn't battling any limitations. He remains on track to be at 100 percent well before Opening Day.
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