Three More Weeks for David Wright

In case you missed it, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announced that David Wright would be inactive for at least three more weeks as part of his recovery from the fracture in his back.

Understand that “inactive” means, literally, “inactive”. So, no baseball activities. Which in turn means that we won’t see David Wright in a Mets uniform three weeks from today. Possibly, he’ll be able to take swings for the first time in six weeks at that point. Possibly. And no one really knows for sure how long it will take Wright to get back into “baseball shape”. Surely there will be at least a few games played at the minor league level.

In other words, don’t expect to see David Wright playing for the Mets again until Independence Day, though probably afterward.

This information was delivered on the heels of learning that Ike Davis will also be out for at least a month. So no Ike and no David in the middle of the lineup.

Luckily, Justin Turner, Dan Murphy, and Ruben Tejada have been holding their own while Davis and Wright heal. If all three stay hot for another four weeks, the Mets have a chance to keep their heads above water. We can only hope that by the time the regular corner men return, the Mets will be in the pleasant quandary of figuring out how to find playing time for everyone. Injuries to star players are usually detrimental to a team’s progress, but at the same time, the openings become opportunities for others to shine.

What do you think? Can Turner, Murphy, and/or Tejada keep it up? Let’s say they all do — how would you deal with the pleasant situation of 5 players for three positions? Post your thoughts in the comments.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. gary s. June 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm
    Turner and Murphy will hit albeit with little power.It would be nice if Jason K would return to the land of the living but i’m not holding my breath,
  2. Dan N. June 5, 2011 at 5:08 am
    I definitely think you can find a spot in the lineup for a utility player like Justin Turner. You could always plug Turner in at 2B if and when Wright comes back . If he keeps swinging the bat the way he does, the Mets can’t afford to NOT put him in the lineup. Look at Boston. Jed Lowrie has eight or nine errors this year, but stays in the six or seven spot because he bats .300.
    • izzy June 5, 2011 at 9:03 am
      We’ll see what happens to Lowrie now that Scutaro is coming off the DL in a few days..