New York Mets third baseman David Wright exited last night’s
series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning with a sore
left knee. Following the game, manager Terry Collins indicated to reporters –
including Anthony DiComo of MLB.com – that the move was made in precaution, as he
wanted Wright to be ready for today’s matinee.
"When he made the last out, I just said, 'Go get some
ice on it, we're coming back in 14 hours,'" manager Terry Collins said.
"'Go get ready for tomorrow.'"
Wright suffered the injury when he fouled a pitch off his
knee in his first at-bat. He remained in the game despite the discomfort, but
Collins lifted him after Wright grounded into a double play to
end the eighth inning. At the time of his exit, the Mets were trailing by five
Considering the Mets are playing early today, Wright would
appear to be a candidate to take a day off. However, Wright’s not your normal
player, as he’s appeared in all 32 of the Mets' games so far this season. He’s generally
unwilling to come out of the lineup and often plays through injury, and he
downplayed his knee ailment after the game.
"I felt progressively better as the game went on,"
Wright said. "I think the more I moved around the better it felt. I'm sure
it will swell up a little bit, but I'll be fine."
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