Friday, June 6, 2014
Wright on hook: 'I'm not the manager'
By Adam Rubin
CHICAGO -- David Wright was curt when asked about getting double-switched out of Thursday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs after making the final out of the top of the eighth inning with the tying run on third base.
“I don’t know," Wright initially said. "I’m not the manager.”
The move made baseball sense. Wright was the last out. He would not have batted again unless the Mets batted around in the ninth.
Still, he is the captain and biggest offensive threat. And he doesn't come out of games generally.
Subsequently asked if he was surprised, the captain added: “Again, I don’t make the decisions. I guess the way to answer that is you don’t make the last out of the inning, you don’t get double-switched for.”
The Mets were trailing by a run at the time. They ultimately lost 7-4 after Jenrry Mejia, who went into Wright’s No. 3 slot in the order, surrendered a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.
“I only had one guy left on the bench,” Terry Collins explained. “I wanted to try to keep [Lucas] Duda in the game. So I just told David, ‘Look, I’ve got to put the pitcher in your spot.’ He understands. He’s a pro. That was all it was.”
Wright, who went 0-for-5, had played every inning this season except for the game in Anaheim on April 13 when he was ejected in the seventh inning. He is hitting .167 (6-for-36) through eight games of this trip.
Collins, meanwhile, has said he will rest Wright one game this trip. At this point, that means one weekend game in San Francisco.
Wright indicated he is unaware when that will occur.
“I haven’t talked to Terry at all about days off,” Wright said.