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Amed Rosario, Mets believe his errors won’t become a thing

Amed Rosario isn’t ready to change his uniform number to E6 just yet.

The Mets shortstop will arrive at Citi Field on Friday in the worst defensive slump of his major league career, with seven errors in his last six games, but he’s sure this trend will cease.

“I’m fine,” he said. “I have my head up. I am staying positive.”

Rosario missed two games earlier this week with a stomach ailment and returned to the lineup Wednesday, when he committed two throwing errors against the Phillies.

Though the Mets had doubts over one of the error ruling — Rosario was moving toward the hole and bounced the throw to Dominic Smith — it doesn’t change the fact the 23-year-old shortstop is having a rough week. Included was a two-error game Sunday in St. Louis that contributed to Noah Syndergaard’s underwhelming performance.

A major league talent evaluator who has scouted the shortstop extensively over the years said it’s difficult to fathom Rosario would incur such a defensive slump. Bud Harrelson in 1967 was the last Mets shortstop with at least seven errors in six games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“I thought [Rosario] was solid/average entering the season and he should be pretty much a plus going forward,” the talent evaluator said. “Sometimes it becomes a psychological issue when a guy starts making some errors. It gets in your head and you get the ‘Don’t hit the ball to me’ syndrome going.

“But I have seen him all the way through the system and in the big leagues and I have never seen that, where he would have been an issue defensively. I think it’s like a hitter going through a slump. That is astounding.”

Rosario’s earlier issues had mostly been ground-ball related, leading the shortstop to receive extra tutoring from infield coach Gary DiSarcina.

At the plate, Rosario has a slash line of .261/.301/.375 with one homer and 13 RBIs, hardly the kind of cover he needs from his recent defensive struggles.

“Rosie is a resilient kid,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “He has gone through slumps before, whether it’s at the plate or on the field, and he doesn’t let it bother him because he knows he works really hard and he’s prepared.

“It’s something baseball players live with. They live with failure, they overcome it and they go out there the next day and understand they have done everything they possibly can to prepare, and Rosie does a great job of that so he’ll be just fine.”

The Mets have Adeiny Hechavarria at Triple-A Syracuse, but the veteran shortstop is mostly considered as insurance should Rosario need an extended absence. Andres Gimenez is next in line at Double-A Binghamton. Deeper in the farm system the Mets have highly touted shortstops in Ronny Mauricio and Shervyn Newton.

“I think Gimenez is more of a second baseman, but can play both sides,” the talent evaluator said. “He’s a different kind of a player, different kind of a hitter. A much more natural kind of a player and under control and more cerebral. His stroke is left-handed and he’s got good instincts for the game.

“Rosario may be a little better athlete, runs better and is more flamboyant. The other guy [Gimenez] is a Steady Eddie kind of guy.”

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