Even though David Wright was cleared to continue baseball activity once he felt he could, he sat out his third straight game yesterday, the first of three for the Mets in Philadelphia. The third baseman tried to see if he could hold a bat or throw a baseball without any pain, but his pinkie was still too swollen to allow him to do that, even if he was able to tolerate the pain and take the field. So, it comes down to today before their 4:05pm game against Vance Worley and the Phillies. Wright and the medical staff hopes the the swelling will subside enough to allow him to try and swing a bat tomorrow at the ballpark; if he is once again unable to do so, manager Terry Collins said they would be putting him on the disabled list, allowing him another week and a half to recuperate from this freak injury.
If Wright is unable to play and has to be put on the shelf for a couple of weeks, Daniel Murphy will shift from second base to his
natural position at the hot corner for the time being, and Justin Turner and Ronny Cedeno will split time at second base. I’m shocked that a trip to the DL is still in question for the Mets’ third baseman. Wright was fit for a customized splint on Thursday, but a fracture isn’t going to heal enough in three days to let a player perform at the professional level. You can tell that Wright is the ultimate competitor, because even though a DL trip seems to be all but a formality, he still has not fully accepted it.
The Mets third baseman is a rare breed; sure, baseball players would rather be on the field than on the disabled list, but David Wright despises being inactive so much that he continually has done everything possible to try and avoid the DL. He has only been on the disabled list twice in his career; once in 2009 after Matt Cain hit him in the head with a fastball, and last year after his freak back injury. What I loved hearing the most is that he actually enjoys going out and playing while he’s a little banged up. Wright sees it as a badge of honor and his duty to the fans and to the organization to get out on the field as much as possible, even if he does have some nagging injuries. Unfortunately, this injury is not something minor that he can tolerate.
Even if the swelling does go down enough for him to hold and swing a bat today before the game against the Phillies, I doubt he will feel he could play at the level that would be expected of him. As we have been saying numerous times here at Rising Apple, we want to see Wright totally healthy for as many games as possible this season, and if that means he needs to hit the DL right now for a couple of weeks so he can come back ready to go, then so be it. It’s frustrating and the lineup will have to continue to pick up the slack without him in it, but maybe, just maybe, that home run from Jason Bay last night will get him started. Hey a guy can dream, right?