David Wright, who was scratched from Friday’s game and remained out on both Saturday and Sunday due to a left shoulder injury, is not expected to return to the Mets lineup until Friday.
Jun 18, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) hits for a RBI single during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Wright was seen by team doctors over the weekend, and the determination was made that he would rest and take anti-inflammatory medication for the sore rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
The Mets said Monday that Wright will not be placed on the disabled list, since team doctors feel Wright will be able to return on Friday when the club opens up a series at Citi Field.
When David Wright was healthy, the Mets had a roster issue due to the fact that they were carrying six outfielders and no backup shortstop.
Wright (the team’s emergency shortstop) is now out, and the Mets’ backup shortstop (Eric Campbell) is now their regular third baseman.
Aside from it being unwise to play with a 24-man roster for at least seven days, Wright not being available severely limits any in-game maneuvers the Mets might want to make.
The team basically cannot pinch hit for and/or double-switch either Ruben Tejada or Eric Campbell out of the game, since there is no one on the roster equipped to fill in for either of them.
If either Tejada or Campbell gets hurt during a game, the Mets would have to play someone out of position.
It would make sense for the Mets to demote an outfielder in order to bring up someone capable of playing multiple infield positions including shortstop, but it doesn’t appear that they’re inclined to do so.