David Wright‘s sore shoulder may be affecting his swing, hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in this week’s MetsBlogQ&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.
Lucas Duda hit two home runs Sunday against the Dodgers and now leads the National League with 14 HR since July 1.
“Six months ago, the Mets had nothing but questions at first base, and were merely hoping for competency,” writes Mike Petriello at FanGraphs.com. “Now, and potentially for the next few seasons, they may have found an answer.”
Is Duda a star? “Probably not,” says Petriello, but he’s a certainly a good player and an asset for the Mets >> Read more at FanGraphs.com.
Bartolo Colon started Sunday, despite the recent passing of his mother in the Dominican Republic.
He pitched six innings, allowing just two runs in the Mets 11-3 win.
Although he did not want to talk directly about his mother, Colon said after the game that he hasn’t gotten much sleep, but he wanted to pitch for his team before heading back home for the funeral.
“He’s a competitive guy. He knows he has to step up. He’s had a tough week,” manager Terry Collins said. “When he came out in the sixth I think that’s the first time in his career he’s ever said, ‘I’m done.’ He gave us what we had to have.”
Colon’s effort was not overlooked by his teammates.
“We all tried to kind of rally around him and give him as much support as we can,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “He’s an unbelievable person to go out and do that today. Obviously he has other things on his mind. I think his No. 1 priority is his family. Showing the kind of heart he has is something guys really respect in the clubhouse.”