Wednesday, April 11, 2012
David Wright fitted for splint
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright was fitted for a splint on his broken right pinkie finger on Wednesday, but his manager said he wouldn't be surprised if Wright is back in the lineup on Friday in Philadelphia.
"I think David's gonna be fine," Mets manager Terry Collins said before the Mets were shut out by the Washington Nationals, 4-0, at Citi Field. "I would not be at all surprised one bit to write his name in the lineup on Friday. Not one bit."
Collins reiterated his hope that Wright would return after the game. A Mets spokesman said that everything remains status quo with Wright and the third baseman will visit with a hand specialist again on Thursday.
It remains uncertain whether the Mets will have to place Wright on the disabled list.
"He feels a lot better," Collins said. "He's getting another examination [Thursday], and as I said last night, again I'm not a doctor and I don't mean to step on the doctor's toes, I'd never do that. But when they give us a final diagnosis of the whole thing, my gut tells me you'll see him Friday."
Wright was injured while diving back to first base on a pickoff throw on Monday night.
Wright wanted to play Tuesday, but Collins wasn't having it.
"I said, 'Look, I know you, and I know the way you play the game. And if there's anybody that's gonna aggravate this hand, it's probably gonna be you,' " Collins said he told Wright.
The Mets are off Thursday before starting a three-game series at the Phillies on Friday night.
Without Wright (.583, one home run, four RBIs), the Mets have scored just two runs in their past two games, both losses. On Wednesday afternoon, they were shut out for the first time this season and managed a season-low three hits.
"As much as you wanna say everybody picks each other up, yeah, David's a big part of what we were doing early on," left fielder Jason Bay said. "Any team is gonna hurt a little bit, but you just gotta find ways to battle."
Right fielder Lucas Duda (.136), first baseman Ike Davis (1 for 20) and Bay (.158) all have gotten off to slow starts this season.
Ronny Cedeno went 0 for 3 in Wright's place on Wednesday afternoon.