Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wright all right after beaning scare
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- David Wright appears to have escaped serious injury when he was beaned by Johnny Hellweg with an 86 mph changeup in the third inning Thursday.
"I feel pretty good. I passed all the concussion tests," Wright said. "I went through that protocol. It seems like it's good. ... I got to a knee and just wanted to collect my thoughts and make sure I was all right before I got up. By that time the decision was already made to take me out."
Wright acknowledged the ball whizzing toward his head was frightening, especially considering the 2009 beaning he suffered on a 94 mph fastball from Matt Cain.
"It's scary," Wright said. "I've been through that before. This seems different from that. The last one I definitely have something to base it off of. I was a lot more clear and it was a lot less painful this time. So I think they want to see how I feel tomorrow."
Wright landed on his right hand awkwardly after getting plunked.
"I guess when I went down I jammed my thumb," he said. "I think that will be fine also. Just one of those bad-luck things, you know?"
He concluded about Thursday's incident: "My ears weren't ringing. I felt like I got hit in the head with a ball. Other than that, I knew the score and the situation and didn't have any memory loss or didn't lose consciousness. That's a good thing."
Said Hellweg: "That's the last guy on the team I want to hit. All I hear is good things about him. He's a good guy. You don't ever want to hit somebody in the head. It was a changeup and definitely mislocated. I feel awful he had to come out of the game. It got to me a little bit because it's David Wright. That's their guy. And it was in the head, and he had to come out."