The injury bug struck, hitting the pinkie finger on David Wright’s right hand. It’s the one that helps him grip the bat. The same bat that he had been swinging so well over the first four games of the season. The one he used to help the Mets jump out to a 4-0 start.
An X-ray taken at Citi Field during the Mets’ disjointed game against the Nationals on Tuesday night revealed that Wright has a small fracture at the middle joint of the finger. The team called it a “non-operative injury.”
...You begin to wonder if there is some kind of cosmic conspiracy to ruin anything good that happens for the Mets. “There’s nothing you can do about it,” Wright said. “You try to go out there and not get hurt. You never know. I never thought I’d manage to fracture a finger trying to dive back into first to not get picked off.”
There is a cloud of uncertainty hanging over Wright. He doesn’t know if he will feel better once the swelling goes down and whether he can return to the lineup quickly or end up on the DL.
“I learned from last year in the spring you can’t put a timetable on it,” he said.
...The Mets now have a hole in the middle of their lineup because Wright is the lone threat there. The way that he was hitting, he had become even more dangerous. The Mets have pop with Lucas Duda. But with Jason Bay in a lingering batting funk — he popped out to third and struck out to a chorus of boos in his first two at-bats — they don’t have dependable power like Wright possesses. Bay will face more pressure than ever to produce with Wright out of the lineup.
Posted: April 11, 2012 at 06:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
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