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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Harper: Wright wrong to play through injury

(If Playing You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Wright (Homer bank’s closed)

Even so, Wright should have known better. After all, while downplaying the idea that he felt any real pain, he admitted that it was enough to wake him up at night for a period of a week or so.

So he had to know he was putting himself at risk by continuing to play, especially since he had virtually the same injury a year ago in spring training. Captain America or not, as Wright was being hailed for his heroics in the World Baseball Classic, his first responsibility is to the Mets, all the more so after signing that eight-year, $138 million contract in December.

Now, however, there’s a pretty good chance Wright won’t be ready for Opening Day, or even for the first couple of weeks of the season.

GM Sandy Alderson was trying to sound more optimistic than that on Friday, saying the diagnosis called for three to five days’ rest for a strained intercostal muscle. But Terry Collins was far more realistic, saying that anytime there’s an injury of this nature, involving the rib-cage area, the player almost always winds up missing about a month — mostly recently Daniel Murphy.

... The problem here is that Wright found himself in a tough spot, caught between the pull of playing for his country and that of being the leader of a Mets ballclub that simply can’t afford to have him sidelined.

Such is the nature of the WBC. Indeed, this is an obvious reminder of why major league teams are so reluctant to allow their highly paid stars to play in the tournament, fearing that preparation for high-intensity games in March will lead to injuries.

Repoz Posted: March 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 12:53 AM (#4389347)
Good Christ. Did David Murphy hurt his rib cage in the WBC?
   2. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 16, 2013 at 01:44 AM (#4389356)
David Wright is a gamer, we all know that by now, and that’s at least partly why Mets fans have come to love him over the years.

Baseball tough is about a 3 on the real world scale of 1 to 10 tough, 10 being a concrete construction worker or NAVY Seal, and I never gave a #### about baseball "gamer's" who, gasp, went all nine innings for million dollar paychecks. Wright played, he strained his rib cage, and he's going to miss some time. If the Mets didn't want him in the WBC they should either have denied him permission or set specific conditions on his appearing. They did neither, and this is what happens. It's not a big dea.

   3. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: March 16, 2013 at 09:53 AM (#4389391)
I liked the comment that if it was Jeter, he'd still be playing, and yet Wright did the wrong thing.
   4. AJMcCringleberry Posted: March 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM (#4389398)
Wright would've been hurt no matter where he was playing. It's how things work for the Mets.
   5. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4389417)
Eh, I don't know that "baseball tough" is any less tough than "real world" tough. Try throwing with a shoulder injury. If you're a pitcher, you won't get MLB hitters out without your best stuff. If you're a 3B, you aren't throwing out many runners with a bum shoulder. Because you're not completely incapacitated doesn't mean that you can perform at an elite level with what you might think is a minor injury.

In the real world, shoulder injuries require rest to properly heal. Baseball players have both the luxury and the rationale for resting theirs.
   6. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM (#4389432)
There's no such thing as "baseball tough" or "real world" tough. Tough is tough, but it's all ridiculously subjective. Like "fitness," once you reach a certain point, "toughness" is just about where your own personal biases lie.
   7. Bug Selig Posted: March 16, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4389645)
#2 is asinine. I have been, at different times, both an all-state baseball player and a US Marine infantryman. Being a Marine wins on career value, but baseball might have the higher peaks. I don't have any reason to believe that I was atypical, but I've popped fingers back into joint, thrown up from a shot in the cup, made deals with God on every pitch for multiple innings, etc.

On the other hand, smug judgement takes zero toughness, courage, or apparently knowledge.

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