Yes, David Wright’s desire to stay in the lineup and play is an admirable quality, but it isn’t a testament to common sense. And, it didn’t do any good as Wright will be placed on the disabled list tomorrow.
Wright sustained a stress fracture in his lower back in an April 19 game against Houston, and nearly a month later the severity of the injury was revealed. In discussing the injury yesterday, Wright admitted the Mets wanted him to have a MRI on his back, but put it off.
Although still in discomfort, Wright said he eschewed the MRI because he was feeling better. Not completely better, but enough to where he could still play.
That wasn’t sound thinking on Wright’s part, and not a good play by the Mets, either.
Wright must know his value to the Mets, and there’s nothing to be gained by putting off the exam. Although the injury isn’t deemed serious, we didn’t know that at the time and it is possible Wright exposed himself to further injury. From the Mets’ perspective, why didn’t they just order the MRI and insist Wright be examined?
Why didn’t Terry Collins just refuse to pen him into the lineup until the MRI?
Both parties should have been smarter in the handling of this situation. The Mets have long been criticized in their handling of injuries, and shouldn’t have let Wright call the shots here. And, Wright, as much as he wanted to play, needed to take care better care of himself.