I feel like every week I am writing about a new Mets injury. This week it is David Wright. Wright has a stress fracture in his lower back and could miss a few weeks. The injury occurred on April 19 when Wright attempted to make a diving tag on Carlos Lee.
The good news for Wright is the stress fracture should naturally heal and not be an injury that affects him the entire season. Wright just needs to rest it and that could result in him landing on the disabled list. Just add another one to the list.
Wright has attempted to toughen it out and play through the injury, but his play has suffered. In general he is having a terrible season batting .226 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI’s. He also is tenth in the league with 43 strike outs. The numbers recently are even worse. In the month of May, Wright is batting .190 with 1 home run and 2 RBI’s.
It is never a good thing to lose a player to injury, but I do not think Wright being out will hurt the team as much as many think. Wright was not helping the team at all and was becoming more of a detriment. His spot in the lineup became an automatic out and that is not good when it’s your number 3 hitter. It was also noticeable on the field where his normally awful throwing arm looked even worse.
Wright will give you quality numbers at the end of the year, but when watching him every day, you begin to realize he has minimal impact on the team. For every hot streak Wright has, there are 5 bad ones to follow. So for a few weeks, Wright is very replaceable. The Mets can find someone else who can go 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs and throw a few balls to first in the dirt.
If it was Jose Reyes or Carlos Beltran missing several weeks, I would be more concerned. Both are far more valuable to the team than Wright. Many of the Mets problems the past two seasons were the result of Beltran and Reyes missing significant time. Wright was healthy for both those seasons and the team did nothing.
I will guarantee those in the media will blame the injury for his struggles at the plate, but not me. He has not caught up to a good fast ball in 4 years. I think Met fans will finally realize how replaceable he is in the upcoming weeks.
By Rob Bonanni