UPDATE: 12:20 AM -
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, citing a source, outfielder Mike Baxter is on his way to New York from AAA Las Vegas. In the (very likely) event David Wright lands on the disabled list, Baxter will be activated.
Baxter getting the call means Wilmer Flores will remain in Las Vegas while Justin Turner and Josh Satin split time at third base. The 21 year old Flores is hitting .319 with a .354 OBP while slugging .527 for AAA. He has 14 home runs, 35 doubles, and 85 RBI’s.
At this point, this season should be used for evaluating players who may be potential key pieces of the team going forward. Justin Turner isn’t a potential key piece, nor is Josh Satin. Wilmer Flores may be, and third base is by far his best position. Still, the Mets are choosing to leave him in AAA.
ORIGINAL STORY -
Tonight at Citi Field, David Wrightleft the Mets’ eventual win against the Royals after straining his right hamstring while legging out an infield hit in the 10th inning.
When he was about three quarters of the way down the line, Wright came up lame before limping the rest of the way. He was pulled from the game almost immediately, and was seen high fiving teammates in the tunnel after the game.
A few minutes after the win, manager Terry Collins informed reporters that Wright would have an MRI tomorrow.
It can be said that a combination of unfortunate things led to Wright’s injury (Bobby Parnell was unavailable, David Aardsma blew the save, the Mets squandered a chance in the 9th). If the Mets had won the game in nine innings, Wright wouldn’t have gotten hurt.
Still, Wright has been playing with a hamstring that was clearly a ticking time bomb. He told Collins that he wouldn’t be able to use a ” burst” of speed, but did so tonight. As soon as he did, the hamstring went.
If Wright lands on the disabled list (which appears likely), the Mets will have to make a roster move. It’s unknown what the team will do, but the logical choice would be to promote Wilmer Flores from AAA Las Vegas and have him play every day at third base.
Flores has been playing second base and first base with Las Vegas, but his best position is third. Mets brass has stated repeatedly that they want to finish the season strong. If they mean that, they won’t move Daniel Murphy to third or play Justin Turner there, and they won’t call up Zach Lutz. They’ll call up Flores. Let’s see what they do.