Mets injury news: David Wright and Michael Cuddyer suffer injuries
During the bizarre, Harvey Day win for the Mets earlier Tuesday, the team saw two of their top players suffer injuries.
In his second at-bat, Michael Cuddyer received a fastball from David Buchanan that struck him on his left hand. Cuddyer grimaced immediately and was taken out of the ball game.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis took his place in left field for the remainder of the game.
Moving forward to the bottom of the eighth with Lucas Duda at the plate, David Wright stole second, but slid awkwardly. He got on his feet gingerly, but after a few pitches to Nieuwenhuis, took himself out of the game. Wright told reporters after the game that he pulled himself instead of risking playing through it and worsening the injury.
Anthony Recker, who pinch ran for Wright, made his first ever appearance at third base in the top of the ninth.
Following the game, Cuddyer, whose X-rays came back negative, spoke to reporters and told them that going off how he feels, he would be able to play tomorrow. He also told them that he doesn’t think his injury is serious.
Wright, however, may be looking at a trip to the disabled list. Preliminary reports are calling his ailment a pulled right hamstring and Wright said in the postgame that he will have an MRI on Tuesday morning to get it confirmed.
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To combat these injuries, Eric Campbell was removed from the Las Vegas 51s game and is headed to Queens. It’s unsure if any more roster moves are looming for the Mets.
Additionally, they will most likely wait until after Wright’s MRI to make the appropriate position moves for the team.
Thoughts from Danny Abriano:
The Cuddyer injury seems like nothing, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Terry Collins gave him a day off just as a precaution.
The Wright injury, however, is very concerning.
It seems that Wright is almost certainly headed to the disabled list, and the Mets should really be making another move in addition to Campbell if that’s the case.
For one, with Cuddyer ailing, Wright likely out, and Daniel Murphy still dealing with his own hamstring issue, this team should no longer be operating with a four-man bench.
Second, if Wright hits the DL as expected, the Mets’ plan should be to switch Daniel Murphy to third base, have Campbell on the bench, and call up either Matt Reynolds or Dilson Herrera to play second base.
We’ll see how it shakes out.