Sandy Alderson didn’t waste too much time deciding about Wright’s status. The Mets placed David Wright on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday, after enduring a stress fracture in his back on a diving tag on Carlos Lee about a month ago. The stress fracture will not require surgery, but it will need an extended and unpredictable amount of rest.
Wright has been struggling so far in 2011, but now fans know he’s been playing through some pain. The 28 year-old has posted a .226/.337/.404 line with 6 home-runs, 18 RBI, 23 runs-scored, and 9 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.
Nick Evans will officially take Wright’s roster spot, and most likely take-over at either first or third base. Evans, after posting a .300/.371/.536 line with 23 home-runs, 80 RBI, and 88 runs-scored between Double-A and Triple-A last season, has only racked-up a .248/.285/.383 line with 5 home-runs, 16 RBI, and 15 runs-scored this year in Triple-A. Evans projects more as a platoon player (MLB career: .322/.379/.512 line against lefties versus .169/.183/.270 line against righties), so fans should not expect pretty overall numbers in his extended or limited stay in the bigs.