Amed Rosario
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway praises veteran shortstop Amed Rosario, calls him “an unselfish player.”

One of the unsung heroes of the New York Mets in this up-and-down season has been their shortstop Amed Rosario. Originally in the bottom part of the order, Rosario has worked his way into the two-hole in the lineup. He’s even batted leadoff in place of the injured Jeff McNeil.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway ultimately asked Rosario to play left field towards the end of an 11-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. This is due to the fact that the team had J.D. Davis pinch hit for Aaron Altherr. Davis could’ve stayed in there, but has been dealing with calf issues.  Rosario was the only option, and the infielder went in there at that spot with no questions asked.

“Sometimes you have to do whatever you have to do to win a game and that’s what we did tonight,” Callaway said, per Corey Hersch of SNY. “We knew that this could be a possibility. We were ready to go that route a few days ago. [Rosario’s] ability to go out there, and his willingness more than anything, allows you to win games.”

“He’s an unselfish player, and we have a bunch of them out there.”

Rosario had never played outfield in his life. He claims he was a tad bit worried about it initially but was able to calm down.

“At first I was a little nervous, but once I was able to loosen up, I was getting the hang of it out there,” Rosario said. “Once the ball was hit to me I was pretty comfortable.”

Rosario has hit 12 home runs on the year with 53 RBIs through 120 games. He’s putting up a slash line of .291/.329/.452.

The Mets begin a nine-game homestand on Tuesday. They currently sit 2.0 games back in the National League Wild Card standings.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.