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Wright not playing Tuesday, says shoulder isn’t 100 percent

David Wright is not in Tuesday’s lineup.

Wright admitted that his shoulder is not 100 percent, but disagrees with hitting coach’s Lamar Johnson statement that the injury is hampering Wright’s swing.

“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,” Johnson said in a recent MetsBlog Q&ACast. “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 left Sunday’s game due to neck spasms. He said after the game on Sunday that he expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday.

Sandy Alderson said the Mets could “legitimately” put Wright on the disabled list, but Wright would have to agree to it.

Eric Campbell is starting at third base on Tuesday.




93 comments
mrfurley
mrfurley

130 million dollar spray hitter

cag560
cag560

I know this is probably irrelevant now at this point of the season, but I thought is was a stupid move for TC to practically shut David down during spring training to avoid injury. Maybe if he worked on a few things during spring training his timing would be better (getting blown away by fastballs thrown right down the middle) and he would have learned to lay off the slider away which if you watch the games every pitcher on the planet is striking him out on.

nwmets
nwmets

Feel better soon, David! Can't wait to see you back out there.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Finally admitting it David? Take another week off, if the shoulder is still no good, shut it down. No shame in that. Think about 2015. 

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

I see Jimmy the Idiot is here today blabbering about his choke stat for Wright.  I'll trust baseball reference rather Jimmy the Idiot.  DW hitting .216 in late close situations this year. Late & Close are Plate Appearances in the 7th or later with the batting team tied, ahead by one, or the tying run at least on deck.


Anyway you slice it, he's had a tough year all the way around.  Hope he can get healthy because the contract is probably not tradeable and we need him next year.


DW and Grandy have 2 of the worst OPS' in baseball for the month of August.  And people complain about Tejada.

dukewillie
dukewillie

DW is too much a company man. He's really starting to turn me off. It"s a competition between DW and TC as to which one is the  biggest management homer :(

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

David should just shut up ! Shoulder not 100 %  and he's stinking up the place. Of course its hurting his swing . Stop trying to play hero  and get better for next year ! 

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

I hate how people keep ripping on David Wright because of his results this year. He's clearly hurt. He's been hurt all year. Its been more than evident. The guy didn't open his mouth just like he didn't when he broke his back for a month.He has the same bulldog mentality we rave about in all of our young pitchers like Harvey and DeGrom. He got a big contract and wanted to live up to it. Simple as that. There is no decline in David Wright. Were not doomed to be stuck with a bad contract. The guy is still in the prime of his career. 


The first year at Citi field it was more than evident that the stadium size was daunting and it took away his power ally of right center so he went strictly for contact and he was a .300 hitter with nearly .400 OBP and gold glove defense. I think most teams would take that any day of the week.


His next year after the huge uproar over him not hitting home runs he sold out and swung with a massive uppercut to get people off his back and in doing so he hit his 25+ homers but he also had an average in the .280s. Still, a .280 hitter with 25+ homers, I will take every day of the week as will most. 


The next season he broke his back mid way so you can pretty much throw that out the window for reference. 


The following year yet again, .306 hitter, nearly .400 OBP and 20+ homers. Yet again I say, I will take every day of the week.


Last season, up until his injury he was on pace for one of if not the best year of his career next to of course 2007, but still close. through 100 games he had 18 homers, a .300+ average, 17 stolen bags and 58 RBIs in a terrible lineup no less. And who knows how long he was playing hurt as he is shown he is wiling to do. That season would result in .300 as usual, 25-30 homers, 25-30 stolen bags, 85-100 RBIs, and one of if not his best defensive season of his career.


I do not at all see the decline in his game, the waste of money or contract or the problem with him being a building block for the future. Yes he isnt Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout. No he isnt going to be rewriting the record books of baseball history. But he is a great player and arguably the best Met of all time. And based on everything i just said, it doesn't appear to be ending soon. So give the guy a break. He is playing hurt and will most likely need rehab/surgery this offseason anyway. Stop hating on a guy based on one year and judging his career based on what he is doing today. He's hurt today. Last year we thought he was going to be the MVP of the NL.

vandelay
vandelay

@cag560 He only sat out a week worths of games at ST.  He sat out more than that in prior years and he started out great.


And he wasn't completely shut down during ST...he was still doing all the customary drills, taking BP, etc

vandelay
vandelay

so that means all your unnecessary, inaccurate and over the top bashing of the guy will bring you some bad karma?

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Not a Wrightaholic, just think the dude needs to get healthy and he is not our problem. LF and SS are our problem. I'd argue RF is a problem too, but thats one we're stuck with for 3 more years regardless.

nwmets
nwmets

David Wright isn't going anywhere, so who is actually getting the Karma? We don't need to defend David -- the actions of the Mets management will do that just fine. At this point, we're just humoring you.


But hey, by all means continue to spew the choke stats. Everyone needs a hobby...

nwmets
nwmets

@hubie_wc Also, I want to see a "Late & Close" stat from someone more successful than DW. Who's leading the league, and what are they hitting in late close situations?


One number with nothing to compare it to, is meaningless.

mets74
mets74

@hubie_wc Still....I wanna see Jimmy's report. He thinks DW has a uterus, so it has to be mildly funny. 

mesmo
mesmo

Agreed. Give him a couple of tranquilizer and sedatives so he can sit quietly. I've always been a big supporter of DW, but this iron man BS needs to stop.

joe21
joe21

Yeah, I'm sure there are going to be a pile of teams running to pick up that contract after a year like this one. Great time to try to trade him.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@JimmyBX Don't be ridiculous. David Wright has the track record, the stats and the reputation to put up all-star offensive numbers every year. There is absolutely NO way they trade David Wright. Especially considering he is the team captain and is in year 1 of a massive long term deal. He will be fine and this time next year, he will be the leader in most offensive categories for this team.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

 @hubie_wc While you may have a point, it still doesnt change the fact that David Wright is not getting traded and when he plays well, the Mets win more. It's simple really. By the way, it is a useful stat, because it means he did something, to continue a rally, start a rally or not kill a rally. I've seen Wright be successful when it matters at times too. Regardless, not all games are won late. As a baseball guy with 30 years of experience, you know that right?

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@nwmets @hubie_wc Nick Markakis is leading all of baseball with 29 Hits in Late/Close Situations. .382 with 7 XBHs and 7 RBI.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

Why is this same attitude from Harvey labeled a "bulldog mentality" and with Wright it's "iron man BS"? Just wondering.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

@mesmo the past 2 days is the first time he has opened his mouth about his injuries in his career. and every day he gets asked about it. What is he supposed to say? he has said no i am ok i am ok and every day he gets asked so finally he says fine i am hurt okay? every single one of you would do the same except you probably would have used it as an excuse a long time ago so people wouldnt get mad at you. Cut the guy some slack.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

@Dana Smith @Nick Biktjorn No I just actually pay attention to more than what i saw in the current days game haha. I just hate how much people rip on him as if he is the problem. He is in no way the problem. I appreciate the read by the way, i know it was a long post.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@nwmets @hubie_wc Nick Markakis also has Adam Jones, Manny Machado(did), Nelson Cruz and JJ Hardy in their lineup.

mesmo
mesmo

I am not ripping him. I have been cutting him slack. What I think would be the best for the team and for DW would be to shut it down. He is obviously hurt and struggling. He is not helping at this point... Unless we are shooting for the strikeout and weak double play record, he should sit and get ready for next year... In the best interests of the team.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Nick Biktjorn @Dana Smith All you have to do is look at his career stats. It tells the story. David Wright isn't a top 10 player. But he is certainly a top 25 player when he is healthy. You're right, he isn't the problem.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

 @Dana Smith @JimmyBX No, he needs to be healthy. It is relevant. Ask any of the players on that roster what he means to that team. There intangibles, that go beyond the numbers. If you need a reminder, go look at all the team stats from when they were contenders 06, 07, 08 and tell me whos name you see near the top. They need talent around him. Duda may be one. d'Arnaud could be another. Regardless  of whether you think he needs to go or not, he isn't going anywhere.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

@mesmo That I completely agree with, but like i said, he would get ripped if he said it because it would be called an excuse and he gets ripped because he doesn't because now he is underperforming with no "excuse". Hes in a lose lose situation and angry met fans take it out on him. It kinda just pisses me off as he nor is his contract for that matter a problem.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

@Dana Smith @Nick Biktjorn he is absolutely a top 25 player. And what you have to take in to account as well is that he is a 3rd baseman. He isnt going to put up the numbers of a say Paul Goldschmidt or Miguel Cabrera. They are first baseman. Their one and only job is to hit. Yes there are rare players like Trout or Stanton or Tulo that can do it from other positions but his numbers from any slot besides 1st base make him an elite player, when hes healthy of course. A .300 20 homer 20SB guy with Gold Glove Defense? If thats not a "superstar" or "elite" or whatever word you wanna use, Im not quite sure what is. 

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Nick Biktjorn @Dana Smith I wouldnt say he will be a 20 SB guy anymore. 3rd base is supposed to be an offensive position as well and he puts up the numbers. But look, they accuse Wright of getting hurt a lot now. Goldy is what...25? And hes done for the year. Tulo benefits from hitting at Coors Field. He is still an above average SS but without playing his home games in Denver, he would put up less ridiculous numbers. Also, again, he's hurt every year. Wright will bounce back.

mesmo
mesmo

Don't you have to go shopping for back to school stuff yet? The baseball season is like a marathon, not a sprint. He played a long time with a broken back before complaining. He took a 95mph fastball to the cranium. And you think he's brittle? Unbelievable.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

COME ON. He never saw the disabled list until 09 when he was hit in the head. Besides that, a back stress fracture and a torn hammy. Every player in this game gets hurt and goes on the DL.

nwmets
nwmets

There's one other option which has to do with your baseball analysis abilities (or lack thereof), but you won't want to hear it.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

 @Dana Smith @mets74 @JimmyBX You only see the failures because you watch all the games. You know how many times those guys fail also? You're ridiculous. Its staggering.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

@Dana Smith @Nick Biktjorn well i mean, last year he had 17 in 100 games so i think its safe to say he still can be that for at least the beginning of his new contract, and yea players get hurt, it happens, but i completely agree, put a good lineup around him so he has guys to drive in and let him get healthy, hes the same All star gold glover we have cheered for for over 10 years now

mets74
mets74

@mesmo Prison supplies school supplies so he's good to go.

mesmo
mesmo

I like the effort.

Look around the league. The slightest bit of research would tell you that a great many players wind up on the DL for a lot less. Stanton, Pujols, Beltran, Jeter... All have gone on the DL at one point, if not many times. Go call these guys brittle to their faces.

All that being said I think Wright needs to shut it down as this team is going to need him to be truly 100% next year.

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX And who are you comparing this to? In other words, what does a successful stat in this area look like? 20-67? 30-67? Oh, you don't know? What a shock!


Just saying "he's been a failure" without any numbers to back it up just won't cut it. That's why you're posting in the comment section of a blog instead of getting paid to analyze baseball.

mets74
mets74

@nwmets Well, in teeball everyone is clutch. Surprised that it's taken him 30 years to learn to hit off a tee. 

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

@nwmets He is an idiot fan who doesnt look at any numbers and lives in the media moment that the world has been taught to live in. I wont list the whole post again but i posted something above this that goes through his last few seasons and defends him over and over again. Basically my conclusion was that over his past 5 years he has been a dependable .300 hitter with almost .400 OBP and 15-20 SB and 20-30 HR with 80+ RBI and Gold Glove defense. If someone thinks thats bad because of one injury plagued season, their opinions shouldnt even matter. 

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

 @Dana Smith Wouldnt say he's brittle, but he's been more suspectible to injury the past few years. Troy Tulowitzki is brittle. Mark Teixera is brittle.

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX Congratulations! You can do basic math. Unfortunately your "choke" report means nothing in the context of the major leagues. It's your playtime, made-up stat.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

 @nwmets The first year at Citi field it was more than evident that the stadium size was daunting and it took away his power ally of right center so he went strictly for contact and he was a .300 hitter with nearly .400 OBP and gold glove defense. I think most teams would take that any day of the week.


His next year after the huge uproar over him not hitting home runs he sold out and swung with a massive uppercut to get people off his back and in doing so he hit his 25+ homers but he also had an average in the .280s. Still, a .280 hitter with 25+ homers, I will take every day of the week as will most. 


The next season he broke his back mid way so you can pretty much throw that out the window for reference. 


The following year yet again, .306 hitter, nearly .400 OBP and 20+ homers. Yet again I say, I will take every day of the week.


Last season, up until his injury he was on pace for one of if not the best year of his career next to of course 2007, but still close. through 100 games he had 18 homers, a .300+ average, 17 stolen bags and 58 RBIs in a terrible lineup no less. And who knows how long he was playing hurt as he is shown he is wiling to do. That season would result in .300 as usual, 25-30 homers, 25-30 stolen bags, 85-100 RBIs, and one of if not his best defensive season of his career.


show me his flaw, please, try

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX 85%? :-) Is that another made-up number?
With each post, your credibility drops faster than Curtis Granderson's batting average.

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX 


"True clutch players drive in runs in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings."


OK, like who? And in what percentage do they drive in those runs? You're still not providing any basis for comparison. Who does it better than David Wright? Give me an example!


Ah, OK -- you don't have any examples. I guess the game logs don't lie, but you do.

mets74
mets74

@nwmets Actually, I would like to see this "choke report". Please Jimmy, show us the report. And by "report" I don't mean you typing your thoughts. I want data. I want graphs (if applicable). I want a Powerpoint presentation.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

 @Nick Biktjorn @nwmets well lets see, considering the 2 seasons he was under .300 were the years he has been playing with basically a torn shoulder and as an athlete who has done that before personally it is not easy, and the year he played with a broken back for a month, but for his career he is .306, .311, .325, .302, .307, .283, .306, .307 without his two injury riddled seasons, so yea, i would say thats pretty damn dependable.

Nick Biktjorn
Nick Biktjorn

 @nwmets your also judging him on an injury plagued season and not a healthy one which is unfair to him

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX Hahahaha! A .200 batting average would be excellent if the rest of the league is hitting .190. You don't understand comparative stats, do you? That's OK -- you'll learn!

mets74
mets74

 @mets74 Nope. Want to see that report that you've been working on. From the time you started it until last week. 

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

 @nwmets Weird, good teams hit better than bad teams. This is new to me. Wait...teams that win hit better in late game situations than bad teams? Listen, David Wright isnt the only one at fault here. I think we all know that. Better players, around Wright, makes Wright and the whole team better. Right?

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX Uh-oh. The bully has been backed into a corner. That's when he (she?) is most dangerous.

mets74
mets74

 @mets74 No Jimmy. I want to see YOUR report, the one you have supposedly been working on. I want to see YOUR facts. Don't try to brush this off, this is something you have brought on yourself with your incessant whining about DW. now it's time for you to become a man and put up or shut up. 

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

 @mets74 Well to be honest, Wright hasnt hit well in any situation since June. Needless to say, when the pressure is on, he isnt going to suddenly become better.

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX Thank goodness we have you to point this out. Fortunately, the Mets front office doesn't agree with you, so nothing will change. Knock yourself out!

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX I guess it doesn't really matter, since no one cares what you think and (fortunately) you're not making management decisions for the Mets. Have a nice day!

nwmets
nwmets

@JimmyBX Actually, I do talk back in real life. I know how to handle bullies.