Gonzalez, who started at second base, is expected to get the job. He is 28, he has played in 378 Major League games with the Mets, Nationals and Padres and he has the ability to play steady if not spectacular shortstop. He has never hit much in the Major Leagues -- he has a career average of .242 with a .281 on-base percentage and a .317 slugging percentage -- but he is hitting .314 this spring and can do the little things that manager Ron Washington expects from such players.
Andrus was absent for the second straight game but could play Friday night against the Rockies.
"I'm feeling good but it's Spring Training," Andrus said. "I'll take off all the days they give me in Spring Training."