David Wright Hit In Helmet With Pitch, Exits Game

UPDATE, 8:51 PM:

Per Adam Rubin, citing a source, David Wright passed a concussion test after exiting tonight’s game.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

In the bottom of the third inning of tonight’s game against Milwaukee, David Wright was hit in the head by a pitch from Brewers starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg.

Sep 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during batting practice prior to playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Wright saw the pitch tailing in, and ducked in an attempt to get out of the way.  However, he couldn’t avoid getting drilled.  The ball made a bit of a glancing blow off Wright’s helmet, right around his left ear-flap.

After getting hit, Wright initially went down.  He quickly got to one knee, though, and was taken out of the game.  Wright left the field under his own power, and appeared to be conducting himself as if he was fine after he made it back to the dugout.

This is the second time in his career that Wright has been hit in the head by a pitch.  The same thing happened in late 2009 against Matt Cain of the Giants.  That hit by pitch gave Wright a concussion and ended his season.

Thoughts:

Johnny Hellweg‘s strikeout to walk ratio is roughly 6:1.  He’s incredibly wild, and I highly doubt he hit Wright on purpose.  Still, you simply can’t allow your franchise player to get hit in the head by a pitch without retaliating.  Whether it’s in this game or later in the series, the Mets need to retaliate.

 

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Topics: David Wright, Johnny Hellweg, New York Mets

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  • Brian Reilly

    “Still, you simply can’t allow your franchise player to get hit in the head by a pitch without retaliating” What an excellent, excellent quote! And that is the one of the issues I have with Terry Collins. This is not the first time, under Collins, that the Mets’ have failed to retaliate after one of their players has been hit by a pitch. Quite frankly, it’s unacceptable on so many levels, which is why it is so important for the Mets to hire Wally Backman next year. What happened last night, or what didn’t happen, would never have occurred under Wally. It’s important for the team, and especially the young players, to know that the Mets’ play hard, aggressive baseball and “leave no man behind”.

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      I concur.