David Wright will not be in the New York Mets’ lineup tonight because of a swollen right thumb sustained when he tried to brace himself Thursday night when he fell after taking a change-up to the head.
Wright passed a concussion test Thursday and experienced no symptoms while running today.
Wright is hoping to play in the remaining two games of the season. He has played in only 110 games because after spending nearly seven weeks on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.
From a statistical nature, Wright is two homers shy of 20; three RBI shy of 60; and three points short of a .400 on-base percentage.
Brewers starter Johnny Hellweg, who had control problems all night, was extremely apologetic, almost to the point of being distraught, after beaning Wright.
Said Hellweg: “That’s the last guy on the team I want to hit. All I hear is good things about him. He’s a good guy. You don’t ever want to hit somebody in the head. It was a changeup and definitely mislocated. I feel awful he had to come out of the game. It got to me a little bit because it’s David Wright. That’s their guy. And it was in the head, and he had to come out.’’
The television cameras caught Hellweg when Wright was on the ground and you could tell the concern in his eye. Matt Cain expressed the same regretful feelings with he beaned Wright at the end of the 2009 season.
One could see the concern in their eyes after hitting Wright. After seeing that, I couldn’t help but think back to when Roger Clemens beaned Mike Piazza in a Subway Series game, and later his rage in throwing the broken bat at Piazza during the World Series.
What people tend to forget is later that game Piazza took Clemens into the upper deck.
That was clearly the best choice.
METS HONOR MINOR LEAGUERS: Tonight the Mets will introduce first baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki as co-minor league players of the years. Gabriel Ynoa was named the minor league pitcher of the year.
Also to be honored are:
Pitcher Rafael Montero (Las Vegas).
Outfielder/third baseman Dustin Lawley (St. Lucie).
First baseman Jayce Boyd (Savannah).
Pitcher Rob Whalen (Kingsport).
Pitcher Robert Gsellman (Brooklyn).
First baseman Dominic Smith (Gulf Coast League).
Eric Young, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Justin Turner, 3B
Juan Lagares, CF
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Wilfredo Tovar, SS
Carlos Torres, RHP
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