David Wright‘s sore shoulder may be affecting his swing, hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon.
Terry Collins said Sunday that Wright’s shoulder should have nothing to do with his current struggles at the plate, since he is no longer receiving treatment.
However, the day before, Johnson told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender: “When your shoulder is hurt, it’s really tough. It’s hurt in his left shoulder and that’s where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. Its been tough because he’s been trying to play through that. It’s just been a real tough haul because it’s hard to get a consistent swing when you’re in pain.”
Wright ended up leaving Sunday’s game with neck spasms. He said he expects to play Tuesday.
Wright said in July that he first injured his shoulder in mid-June sliding headfirst in to second base. It forced him to miss a week in July, after which he received a cortisone shot heading into the All-Star break. He was later hit by a pitch in the shoulder during a recent game.
Wright is hitting .215 with a .269 OBP in 35 games since the All-Star break.