In the wake of Ike Davis' demotion to the minors, the struggling New York Mets are shuffling the right side of their infield and giving Jordany Valdespin an opportunity to play regularly.
A starter at first base since 2010, the slumping Davis was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday along with outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Robert Carson. While Davis is in Las Vegas trying to rediscover his stroke, second baseman Daniel Murphy will often move over to first and Valdespin will play second, his natural position.
That was the alignment for Tuesday night's series opener against St. Louis, the Mets' first game since the shakeup. Valdespin was in the leadoff spot and is likely to start most of the week as New York faces six straight right-handed starters.