Friday, April 13, 2012
Wright DL decision looms Saturday
By Adam Rubin
David Wright's pinkie remained too swollen Friday to attempt to swing a bat. Terry Collins said a DL decision would be made Saturday, based on whether Wright can comfortably swing a bat then.
The DL seems like the more likely route.
If Wright is placed on the DL, Collins said, Daniel Murphy would move to third base, with Ronny Cedeno and Justin Turner primarily handling second base.
“It’s moving in the right direction, but it’s a fractured bone, so it takes a little bit of time,” Wright said Friday afternoon, before the Mets opened a weekend series in Philadelphia.
Wright has only been on the DL twice in his career -- in 2009 with a concussion after being beaned by a fastball from San Francisco’s Matt Cain, and last season with a stress fracture in his lower back after a collision with Houston’s Carlos Lee while lunging for a tag at third base.
Wright said that a pinkie might seem insignificant, but it’s far from that. He added that had it been his left pinkie, he would have been more capable of playing with the fracture, since the finger on that hand hangs off his bat.
“There’s no question I want to play, and I would love to go out there and play banged up,” Wright said. “Unfortunately, this isn’t banged up. This is a little bit more than that. It’s not even about playing through pain. I take great pride in going out there playing banged up and playing through some pain. This is just something, it would be stupid to, because I wouldn’t be helping anybody. I would be hurting the team. I would be hurting myself. As I mentioned before, you throw Justin out there or Ronny out there, they can do circles around me right now.
“It would be a lot better if it was on my left hand, because I kind of hang my left finger off the end of the bat anyway, and it would be a lot less painful. But with my right hand, throwing, obviously gripping the bat, there’s a lot of impact on my right hand when I make contact. It’s frustrating, because it’s a pinkie finger. And you think -- a pinkie finger? But it’s very, very irritated and painful and swollen right now. Hopefully we do another full day of treatment on it. I mean, it’s been treated 24 hours a day. Hopefully if we do a little more today, it responds a little better for tomorrow.
“Right now my finger won’t wrap around (the bat). Obviously, it’s painful. But it’s right now more of a functional thing, too. It’s tough to make a fist, so I can’t really get that finger moving the way I need to do to grip a bat.”