The New York Mets posted their lineup on a bulletin board opposite the door opening into their vast clubhouse and missing is David Wright’s name.
He shouldn’t have been in Friday’s lineup either, and also not in Thursday’s lineup.
Once again, the Mets mishandled an injury that has the potential to turn significant. Wright, playing with tightness in his right hamstring this week, strained that hamstring last night and was placed on the disabled list this morning.
As I always say when it comes to Met injuries, bet the over, and don’t think this will just be two weeks.
I wrote prior to the game Wright should sit. It pleases me none to say, “I told you so.’’ Then again, I don’t have to say it to veteran Met watchers as they know, regardless of the manager or GM, injuries and the Mets are never a good mix.
Wright several times – including a slight fracture in his back last year – Ike Davis, Ryan Church, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Jon Niese and Johan Santana were not handled properly. Beltran was so frustrated and distrustful of how he was being treated that he had surgery on his own.
Actually, that didn’t work out too badly for him, did it?
Earlier this week, Dr. Terry Collins suggested Wright might have been dehydrated.
It has been said nobody knows a player’s body like himself and there is some degree of truth to that, but it is not complete. Nothing ever is.
Wright is notorious for playing through pain, as evidenced by playing for a month with the fracture in his back. If the doctors would had let him, he would have tried to play after being beaned by Matt Cain.
In explaining the play, Collins told reporters: “He just wanted to get extended to try to help us win a baseball game, that’s what it’s all about.’’
Not so fast. Let’s not write this off on Wright busting his butt to make a play. We know that’s what Wright is all about.
But, players are kids. You can’t always trust them, especially when it comes to injuries. These guys have such an ingrained loyalty to their teammates – most of them, anyway, with the exception of say Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, but that’s another issue – that they will play through the pain.
And, players aren’t doctors. What they feel and what they know are two different things.
Since players can’t trust themselves, it comes down to the team, especially the trainers and manager. Nobody ever knows when a hamstring will go, but when there’s tightness or soreness, you always have to judge on the side of caution.
I know Collins wants to win, but this one has to be on him. He should have rested Wright from the beginning and had him undergo some kind of treatment.
If he had, he wouldn’t writing in Justin Turner’s name at third for today.
Here’s today’s lineup:
Eric Young, LF
Juan Lagares, CF
Josh Satin, 1B
Marlon Byrd, RF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Justin Turner, 3B
Omar Quintanilla, SS
Jeremy Hefner, RHP
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