David Wright Heading To Disabled List In Worst Case Scenario For New York Mets


David Wright Is Heading To The DL; Can The New York Mets Overcome His Loss?

The New York Mets worst case scenario came to fruition Wednesday afternoon, as captain and third baseman David Wright has been placed on the 15-day DL. This would seem to have been expected after seeing the injury last night and words offered by manager Terry Collins post game, but nonetheless this is a big blow to the Mets.

Wright took an MRI Wednesday morning in Manhattan, where he received a cortisone shot afterwards. The shot will leave Wright without the ability to do anything for at least two days the Mets would also announce.

With his current timetable, Wright is expected to miss series against the Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Marlins again. If he returns, Wright will be back on the field right in time for a big series against the Washington Nationals.

Wright was injured in Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies when he was attempting to steal second base in the eighth inning. When sliding into second, Wright looked to come up awkwardly. He would stay in the game for five more pitches before coming out for precautionary reasons. The DL stint is precautionary as well, as Wright wants to avoid the same problems he had a couple of seasons ago, when he tried to play through an injury and the results weren’t pretty.

"“A couple of feet before the bag I just felt my hamstring grab. I thought it might be something that I could stretch out a little bit. But then I took a couple of secondary leads and just realized that if the ball was put in play I wouldn’t have been able to do anything positive, that’s for sure. it took a couple of pitches, and it didn’t get any better That’s when I thought I’d rather say something and hopefully catch this thing before I make the same mistake I made a couple of years ago, when I tried to play through it and made it worse. Anytime you feel something like that, you hope that it goes away. And this just didn’t go away.” – David Wright"

Without Wright in the lineup for at least two weeks, the Mets lineup, which already wasn’t scoring a ton a runs, will be even more hard pressed to do so now. Wright was coming on strong at the plate, getting on base multiple times in three consecutive games and looking healthy for the first time since 2012.

In his place the Mets will be calling up Eric Campbell from Triple-A Las Vegas. Campbell will more than likely receive the lion’s share of playing time at third base with Wright sidelined, as the Mets do not have many other, if any other, options to play third base for the time being. Campbell has been crushing the ball in Triple-A, going 11-20 thus far in the season with two home runs and and six RBI. Hopefully he can bring some of that with him to the big league club to help replace what they will be losing in Wright.

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We saw that problem first hand on Tuesday, when the Mets had two other players, Michael Cuddyer and Wilmer Flores, get injured because of getting hit with pitches on their hands. Cuddyer was forced from the game, but is in the lineup tonight after X-rays were negative. Flores will get the day off after finishing the game last night.

The Mets are fortunate that Cuddyer and Flores look to have avoided DL stints, as losing one starter is more than enough to have to overcome. Cuddyer has been coming on of late, and Flores has struggled in the early going, but replacing three of eight starters is not the way to jump start a team.

The injury to Wright is unfortunate, but getting it rested and healthy now is better than trying to play through it and have it nag him throughout the season like 2014 with his shoulder woes.

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