David Wright Out, Wilmer Flores Stays Put
David Wright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a hamstring strain. Wright had been playing with hamstring discomfort for about a week, though he and the Mets described it as a “cramp.”
It would be dramatic to say this is a tremendous blow to the team, and one they can’t afford. Maybe if they were fighting for a playoff spot, rather than fighting to be better than ten games below .500, Wright’s injury could be considered as such. But really, this should be viewed as an opportunity to audition people such as Josh Satin, Justin Turner, Wilmer Flores, perhaps even Zach Lutz. Yes, it’s terrible that we can’t watch Wright for at least two weeks, but there’s nothing we need to learn about “The Captain,” either. This season is all about gathering as much knowledge as possible on the current assets to ascertain which ones are worth considering for the future.
Along those lines, Pedro Feliciano returns to the big leagues, as Josh Edgin is also going on the DL (fractured rib — how did that happen?). Additionally, Mike Baxter returns to take Wright’s place on the roster. How does promoting an outfielder make sense, you ask? Maybe the Mets intend on trying out Eric Young, Jr. at 2B? Will Daniel Murphy — or Flores — see time at 3B?
Terry Collins bemoaned that in addition to a hole at 3B, Wright’s absence also creates a hole in the #3 spot of the lineup. My initial reaction is to put Marlon Byrd there, since he’s arguably the Mets next-best hitter this year. If Keith Hernandez had his way, Murphy would be there. Maybe the #3 hitter is in Las Vegas — Flores is hitting .320 with 14 homers and a .882 OPS. His defense must be really bad, or there’s a financial reason that Baxter, rather than Flores, was promoted.
While we’re on the subject of injuries, Bobby Parnell is also reportedly suffering from neck pain and his availability is day-to-day.