David Wright has managed only one extra-base hit since the All-Star Break, but his struggles have nothing to do with the sore shoulder that sidelined him in July, he told columnist John Harper (Daily News, Aug. 7).
“I’ve made some mistakes this year, revamping some things with my swing that I probably shouldn’t mess with,” he told Harper. “Especially after the All-Star break, I started trying to change things when I didn’t get the results I wanted. Pretty soon you’re trying something new every at-bat and thinking about all the wrong things.”
Wright’s .270 batting average would be the second-worst of his 10-year career. His .385 slugging percentage would be his worst.
Terry Collins told reporters Wednesday that Wright’s poor mechanics may have originated while playing with the injury.
“His front shoulder has been flying open,” Collins said, “and he’s not driving the ball to right field like he’s done so well in the past. That could be a result of what he went through (with the shoulder).”