David Wright arrived in Phoenix for the opener of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a stiff and swollen right knee.
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Wright was struck on the outside of the knee Sunday by a grounder by San Francisco Giant Pat Burrell in the sixth inning. The shot, which Wright had difficulty seeing, was ruled an infield single.
“I didn’t really see it too well off the bat,” Wright said. “Really, I was trying to get out of the way of it. It found me. More than anything it’s just kind of swollen and sore, but it should be good to go. The ballpark has got the suites that are under the field [like dugouts]. A lot of people were wearing white shirts, and kind of bright. I just didn’t see the ball off the bat that well. … I’ve been hit like that before, so it shouldn’t be too big of a deal.”
Assistant trainer Mike Herbst and Jerry Manuel checked on Wright after the shot, but the third baseman remained in the game. He did limp around to try to walk it off between pitches.
Wright was involved in the game’s most controversial play, in the ninth inning. Playing on the infield grass, Wright fielded a grounder from Freddy Sanchez and threw high with a sidearm fling to Henry Blanco at the plate. Travis Ishikawa was punched out by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, although even Blanco admitted Ishikawa was safe and the Mets should have suffered their 11th walk-off loss.
“It was a groundball that kind of came up on me at the end,” Wright said. “I kind of threw it flatfooted and Hank [Blanco] made a great play. It really kept us in the ballgame, obviously. … I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get much on the throw because I got kind of a tricky hop. So really, just flatfooted, I just wanted to try to get it there as quick as possible, just in the vicinity.”
Wright went on to praise Blanco -- botched call or not.
“With him, you really don’t have to be perfect with your throw. He’s very athletic back there,” Wright said about Blanco. “He’s just a great receiver. I thought that was just a heckuva play and great athleticism on his part to get it and bring it down like that.”
David Wright passed Dave Kingman for fourth on the franchise's all-time home run list Sunday.
Wright earlier delivered a solo homer off Jonathan Sanchez in the fourth inning, his 15th longball of the season. It staked the Mets to a 2-1 lead at the time. The shot put Wright into sole possession of fourth place on the franchise’s all-time homer list with 155, moving him past Dave Kingman.
“I’ve heard stories,” Wright said when asked if he had any knowledge of Kingman’s career. “… I’ll take it as a compliment.”
Wright merely was happy the Mets survived for a 4-3 win in 10 innings.
“A win’s a win,” the third baseman said. “It doesn’t matter really how you get there. We were in desperate need of a win. Offensively, we weren’t swinging the bats all that well this series. And we got another great pitching performance from Johan [Santana]. It’s a shame we couldn’t get him a win. At the end of the day, it’s a win. Hopefully this will give us a little momentum, because we’ve been struggling pretty mightily.”