David Wright hasn’t been bullet proof the past few seasons when it comes to injuries, so the Mets are doing the prudent thing in keep him out of tonight’s and likely tomorrow’s exhibition games because of a strained left rib cage.
The last thing the Mets need is a lingering injury with their best and highest profile player. Better to miss two or three games now than two weeks or more later.
As expected, Wright said he’d play if it were the regular season.
“I feel as good as I have, better than I did … I think I could play,” Wright said, “but [manager] Terry [Collins] took it out of my hands.”
Wright’s injury, albeit early in camp, has illustrated the Mets’ lack of depth. This is not a team that can withstand an injury to a key player. Justin Turner will start in place of Wright and is also the back-up at second and first base.