David Wright out of lineup again

Updated: April 14, 2012, 12:52 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright's fractured right pinkie remains so swollen that he cannot bend it around a bat or throw a baseball, even if he could tolerate the pain.

Wright hopes the injury will calm to allow him to test the finger while swinging Saturday. If he is unable to swing comfortably then, Wright will be placed on the disabled list, manager Terry Collins said.

If Wright lands on the DL, Daniel Murphy would move to third base, with Ronny Cedeno and Justin Turner working at second base, Collins said.

Wright suffered the fracture diving back into first base on a pickoff throw from Washington Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson on Monday.

The third baseman has been fitted with a customized splint. He was advised Thursday during a visit to a hand specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery to refrain from attempting to swing until Saturday.

"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 said he was not fully resigned to landing on the disabled list, even if that seems the likely direction his injury is headed. He 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.

"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."

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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