Collins: Wright could be back Friday

April, 11, 2012
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David Wright was fitted for a splint on his broken right pinkie finger on Wednesday, but Terry Collins said he wouldn’t be surprised if his third baseman is back in the lineup on Friday in Philadelphia.

“I think David’s gonna be fine,” the Mets manager said. “I would not be at all surprised one bit to write his name in the lineup on Friday; not one bit.”

Before the game, the Mets offered no further updates on Wright.

Wright suffered the injury diving back to first base on a pickoff throw on Monday night.

The Mets have not made a decision on whether to place Wright on the disabled list. They have off on Thursday.

Wright wanted to play on Tuesday, but Collins wasn’t having it.

“I said, ‘Look, I know you, and I know the way you play the game. And if there’s anybody that’s gonna aggravate this hand, it’s probably gonna be you,’” Collins told Wright.

• Collins said the reason he decided to put Lucas Duda in the No. 3 hole in the batting order Wednesday was to break up the left-handed hitters in his lineup.

Collins wanted to keep Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis and Jason Bay in the No. 1, 2, 4 and 5 holes, and felt like Duda would be the best fit in between them.

• Davis has gone hitless in his first 16 at-bats this season. Collins said his power-hitting first baseman has been seeing some really tough pitching.

But on television, SNY analysts Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling have pointed out that Davis is flying open and pulling off the ball.

• The Mets played their first game in franchise history exactly 50 years ago Wednesday.

Roger Craig, New York’s starting pitcher in that game, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mets-Nationals game this afternoon. He called the opportunity “an honor.”

On April 11, 1962, Craig took the loss as the Mets fell 11-4 to the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Craig gave up five earned runs on eight hits in three innings. He led the pitching staff with 10 wins and 233 1/3 innings pitched. He was also tied for the team lead that season in complete games (13) with Jay Hook.

The Mets went on to go 40-120 that season. Craig went 10-24 with a 4.51 ERA in 42 starts.

Craig is 82 years old now. He doesn’t remember much about that game, but said that season really made him appreciate winning.

Craig was a three-time World Series champion as a player (1955, 1959, 1964). He won the 1984 Fall Classic as a pitching coach with the Tigers (he managed for several years but never got a title) and later got a ring in 2001 when he was a consultant for the Diamondbacks.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 7 39 60
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 57
RD. Murphy 60
OPSL. Duda .856
WB. Colon 10
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121