David Wright said he was playing hurt, but not injured

David Wright 2 polaroidDavid Wright suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring, causing him to miss an estimated three to five weeks. The injury first surfaced a week prior, and Wright chose to play through it.

Wright said he is feeling no remorse for playing through pain.

“Being around for as long as I’ve been around, I have a pretty good sense of what my body can and can’t take,” Wright said. “I felt like I could go out there and play through it.”

“In my mind, there’s a difference between playing hurt and playing injured,” he said, “We take pride in going out there and playing through certain things.”

Andrew Wharton, Contributor

The question becomes, should this have been Wright’s decision to make?

I strongly feel the answer is yes, it is up to Wright to determine whether or not he can play through pain. You’re not dealing with an injury-prone diva, here. Wright has been the consummate professional, and nobody knows his body better than he does. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, and there’s no guarantee that resting for a week would’ve mitigated the issue in the first place.

I agree with Wright: There is a difference between being hurt and injured. Most athletes will tell you a good amount of their respective season they’re playing hurt, especially in baseball where the season stretches over as many as nine months. The funny thing is, if a guy plays while it is publicly known that he is hurt and he does well, he’s labeled as “tough” and “gritty.”

In the end, I refuse to point fingers and blame the player or coach for Wright being on the field while “playing hurt.” It happens far more often than we realize, and when you’re talking about a guy who has missed a total of 72 games on the disabled list throughout his ten-year career, it’s foolish to start second-guessing his ability to read his own body. Terry Collins and the Mets made the right choice in leaving it up to Wright, no matter how much he may regret not overruling the captain’s decision.