When it rains in Citi Field, it pours. As if the New York Mets needed another injury, they just lost David Wright to an apparent stress fracture in his back. If you recall the great diving tag play on Carlos Lee about a month ago, Wright admitted only recently that he’s been feeling sore ever since. Wright, the face of the Mets, went in for a MRI today, which revealed the stress fracture. The third baseman will be out for at least a week or two, before being re-evaluated for baseball activities.
The good news is that a stress fracture can naturally heal by rest, the bad news is that it’s uncertain how much rest will be needed. Wright is confident he will avoid a DL-stint, but despite the affect of his absence, it still doesn’t make sense to rush him back prematurely.
The 28 year-old has been struggling so far in 2011, but now fans know he’s been playing through some pain. Wright has posted a .226/.337/.404 line with six home-runs, eighteen RBI, twenty-three runs-scored, and nine stolen-bases. While the slugger is on-base to hit a respectable twenty-five home-runs, his slugging percentage is over a hundred points lower than his career average.
Willie Harris is getting the start at third base in Wright’s absence. Suffice to say, Mets fans everywhere are hoping Wright just needs a week off.
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