Here’s why Mets are being cautious with Dominic Smith in left field

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Mets have been extra careful with their starting left fielder. Dominic Smith has yet to play a Grapefruit League game in left field as the Amazin’s approach the halfway point of spring training. Smith figures to play in left most days in the regular season — without the DH in the National League — and he has said more reps will help him improve his fielding in the outfield corner. So why aren’t the Mets playing him there? Purely as a preventative measure, Luis Rojas said, the club is taking its time shifting Smith from his natural position at first base to left fiel…

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