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Pregame: Ill Wright to the bench Saturday

5/18/2012

David Wright is scheduled to sit Saturday, with Justin Turner starting at third base, despite Wright owning a .411 average entering the series.

David Wright

David Wright

#5 3B
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM36
  • HR4

  • RBI22

  • R28

  • OBP.513

  • AVG.411

Wright sitting in Toronto, at roughly the midpoint of a 20-games-in-20-days stretch, was decided by Terry Collins and Wright a week ago in Miami. Wright now can use the day off even more so. He's battling a head cold and sounds terrible, so much so that Collins would have given Wright off Friday had the Mets not been facing a left-hander, Ricky Romero.

Wright is not a fan of DHing, so do not look for that this weekend. "I like playing the field," he said.

Incidentally, Wright slid headfirst Thursday. He said he could not recall if that's the first time he did so since suffering a fractured right pinkie, but he continues to intend to slide feet first unless instincts take over.

Scott Hairston is the extra bat in the lineup Friday, although he's playing left field and Lucas Duda is getting the break as the DH. Collins said Mike Baxter will be the extra addition to the lineup Saturday and Sunday.

Ike Davis is off Friday, but Collins said he is not in a platoon and will start Monday against left-hander Erik Bedard in Pittsburgh. Daniel Murphy should get Monday day.

Jason Bay, who ran and played catch Friday afternoon, has only swung a bat lightly while hitting off a tee so far as he works back from a fractured rib. Bay should begin swinging more forcefully when the Mets' trip continues in Pittsburgh after the weekend.

Ruben Tejada

Ruben Tejada

#11 SS
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM27
  • HR0

  • RBI8

  • R14

  • OBP.362

  • AVG.305

Ruben Tejada, out with a right quadriceps strain, has taken grounders but is not yet baserunning.

Josh Thole, cleared to resume activity after suffering a concussion, is doing cardiovascular work this weekend and may travel to Port St. Lucie on Monday.

Chris Young, who has made two minor league starts with Class A St. Lucie, will not pitch on his regular turn Sunday. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Young is with his wife, who is having a baby, and that the delay is not a complication from May 16, 2011 shoulder surgery. Warthen was unsure if Young's next -- and now delayed -- start will be with St. Lucie or Triple-A Buffalo.

• Collins bought 30 NHL jerseys and supplied them to many of the players, including Andres Torres, for the trip to Toronto. Because Torres was born in New Jersey, he was assigned a Devils jersey.

The center fielder did not understand why he was getting taunted by so many people while out in public -- presumably Rangers fans. Collins said "traitor" chants were directed at Torres. "He didn't know anything about it," Collins said. "People are screaming at him."

Johan Santana joked he ordered a Venezuelan national hockey team jersey but it never arrived. He represented the Minnesota Wild instead.

Dillon Gee is, in fact, goatee-less. Gee actually trimmed the goatee two days ago and "I didn't like that, so I just shaved." He said seven months -- which is how long the goatee lasted -- is the longest he's ever kept a facial feature. Told he looked like he missed a spot, Gee said: "It's been a long time since I touched a razor."

• Collins said he will treat rookie Robert Carson as a bona fide second lefty in the bullpen, not baby him.

Had Carson been with the club rather than D.J. Carrasco on Wednesday, Collins said, Tim Byrdak would have faced Joey Votto in the eighth and Carson would have been available later had Jay Bruce pinch hit. Minus Carson, Collins had Jon Rauch face Votto and Byrdak was held back for a potential Bruce appearance.

• Turner and Romero were roommates for two and a half seasons at Cal State Fullerton. They also won the Connie Mack World Series together in 2002 in New Mexico. Romero was put on Turner's Connie Mack team after signing with Fullerton because Turner's father and the Fullerton head coach are close friends.

Rob Johnson is getting his first start Friday since injuring his left thumb Sunday on a foul tip. Johnson had a pinch-hit bunt Thursday. He said he was physically able to swing away, but is quietly a good drag bunter.