In celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, Curtis Granderson wore customized spikes in Brooklyn Dodgers colors with No. 42 and the letters “JRD” on the side. They will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Sandy Alderson said he expects David Wright to miss about three weeks with his right hamstring strain.
Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a “mild” right hamstring strain, after tweaking his leg sliding into second base on Tuesday night.
“It’s disappointing anytime you have to go on the DL and miss games,” Wright said. “But if there’s a silver lining, I guess it could have been worse.”
Wright received a cortisone shot in his leg and will rest for a few days before resuming baseball activities “as tolerated,” the team said.
The team recalled Eric Campbell from Triple-A to replace Wright on the roster. Campbell went 1-5 with a run scored on Wednesday night.
“It’ll be tough to try to replace him, but I’ll just try to do what I can do,” Campbell said.
Andrew Vazzano, SNY:
I’d say three weeks is the best possible outcome from this injury. Hopefully, when Wright is ready to return, he’s fully healthy and this isn’t something that nags him all season long.
I think, if other players step up in his absence, the Mets will be able to get by without Wright for a few weeks. If Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud hit their strides together, the team may not miss a beat.
That’s a big if, though.
Jon Niese limited the Phillies to one run in 6 1/3 innings pitched, and Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda powered the offense as the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies in a 6-1 win on Wednesday night.
David Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right hamstring strain. Wright, who received a cortisone shot, will rest for two days and then resume baseball activity as tolerated, the Mets said. According to Sandy Alderson, Wright should be able to return in two to three weeks.
To replace Wright on the roster and at third base, Eric Campbell was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Terry Collins said that he doesn’t want to move players around the infield, meaning that Campbell will likely start at third base every day, with Wilmer Flores sticking at shortstop and Daniel Murphy remaining at second base.
High-A St. Lucie outfielder Michael Conforto, the Mets’ first round pick in last year’s draft, hit a grand slam on Wednesday night. It was Conforto’s second homer of the season.
What’s on tap for Thursday, April 16
The Mets open a four-game series at Citi Field against the Marlins at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Jarred Cosart for Miami.
For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda’s home runs in yesterday’s home game against the Phillies, Citi is donating another $4,000 to an NYC community partner.
Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets completing a series sweep of the Phillies with a 6-1 win on Wednesday night.
Travis d’Arnaud socks his first homer of the season, putting the Mets on top 2-1 >> Watch here
Lucas Duda smashes his first home run of 2015, boosting the Mets’ lead to 4-1 >> Watch here
Jon Niese helps his own cause with a fourth-inning RBI single, driving in Juan Lagares >> Watch here
Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud both homered, leading the Mets (6-3) to a 6-1 win and series sweep of the Philles (3-6).
Jon Niese pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattering nine hits. He allowed one earned run after a leadoff triple scored on Chase Utley ground ball. Niese walked two and struck out four.
D’Anaud went deep with a solo home run in the third inning and Duda parked the first pitch of the fifth inning over the outfield wall for his homer. Duda drove in another run with an RBI double in the sixth inning, plating d’Arnaud.
Duda, d’Arnaud, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares each had two hits on the night, while Lagares and Niese each drove in a run, too.
Carlos Torres (2/3 of an inning) and Alex Torres (2 innings) combined to close out the game with hitless appearances.
The Mets welcome the Miami Marlins to Citi Field on for a four-game series Thursday night, a 7:10 p.m. game.
Andrew Vazzano, SNY:
In David Wright‘s absence, the bats stepped up to support another good pitching performance. Duda and d’Arnaud could be huge if they’re able to help carry the team in Wright’s absence. With some Mets bats off to a slow start, two streaking performances from the first baseman and the catcher would be a big part of the team continuing their winning ways in this early season.
I wonder if Terry Collins will keep d’Arnaud batting second in the order moving forward, at least while Wright in on the disabled list. It provides him a much different look than where he usually bats in the bottom half of the lineup, and if he can deliver, it’d be a pleasant surprise. We saw what d’Arnaud is capable of at the second half of last season. His spring was shaky, but it looks like he hasn’t missed a beat between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.
As for Niese, it wasn’t a blow-’em-away-performance, but he was able to keep the weaker Philly bats quiet when he needed to. He made his pitches, wasn’t afraid of contact and got the outs to keep just one run on the board against him. If he can stay healthy — a big if, I think — he can provide so much stability to the middle of the rotation that is anchored by the team’s budding superstars.
Wednesday’s minor league recaps…
Mets 2014 1st round draft pick Michael Conforto had a big game at the plate Wednesday for the St. Lucie Mets. The 22-year-old launched a grand slam in the 2nd inning and reaching base twice on walks. The homer was his second of the season and fifth as a professional.
Champ Stuart reached base all five of his plate appearances thanks to two singles and three walks. It was his fourth multi-hit game this year.>>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
The Mets (5-3) go for the sweep against the Phillies (3-5) on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Mets First Pitch begins on SNY at 6 p.m. The game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
Jon Niese (0-0, 1.80) starts for the Mets, while Jerome Williams (0-0, 1.50) pitches for Philadelphia.
Wednesday is Jackie Robinson Day across Major League Baseball. All players, Terry Collins and his coaching staff will all wear No. 42 in honor of Robinson.
Niese has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 31 of his last 34 starts dating back to September 13, 2013.
The Mets have won each of Niese’s last five starts against the Phillies, dating to August 27, 2013, when he tossed his most recent of two career shutouts (and three career complete games). In those five starts, Niese is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA with 28 strikeouts and seven walks.
Niese has allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last five starts, tied for the second-longest such streak of his career.
Niese is 21-28 with a 3.50 ERA at Citi Field in his career. Heent 3-5 with a 2.74 ERA at home in 2014.
The Mets have won three in a row overall and have won 14 of their last 18 match-ups vs. the Phillies.
Travis d’Arnaud has at least one RBI in six of the seven games he’s played in this year.
Curtis Granderson has drawn 10 walks, the most in the majors this year.
Daniel Murphy‘s home run on Tuesday night was his first since August 4, 2014.
Terry Collins spoke to reporters before Wednesday’s game and said…
1) David Wright‘s MRI results came back better than the manager expected. Wright speaking up about the extent of the injury was appreciated by Collins.
2) Collins expects to know how Wright will progress by the end of the homestand in a week.
3) Eric Campbell was on a tear in Triple-A before he was recalled and the manager hopes he can continue his hot hitting.
4) Collins likely won’t be moving players around the infield — for example, moving Wilmer Flores to second base or Daniel Murphy to third base — but will plug Campbell into Wright’s vacant position as the other players are comfortable where they are.
5) Juan Lagares is an option to lead off, but he has to be better at the plate before that move happens, Collins said. In the meantime, Curtis Granderson will continue to lead off.
The Mets will place David Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a “mild” right hamstring strain.
Wright received a cortisone shot. He will rest for two days before resuming baseball activities, “as tolerated,” the team said.
Wright sustained the injury sliding awkwardly into second in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the Phillies. Wright said after the game he felt a pop before sliding for a stolen base.
The third baseman said he was aware that the team was short on the bench, but was able to think about things during the next at bat. Once he weighed all the options, he knew it was better to come out of the game and avoid the opportunity to further injure himself.
Terry Collins called the injury a “major problem.” Collins told reporters that “If it wasn’t major, David Wright wouldn’t open his mouth.”
Eric Campbell has been recalled from Triple-A to replace Wright on the roster.
Campbell is hitting .550 with a .625 OBP and 1.050 SLG in six games at Triple-A, with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBIs in 24 plate appearances.
Andrew Vazzano, SNY:
Hamstrings are a tough injury, as players will compensate to their other leg or other body parts to avoid the pain in the hamstring. Hopefully, if and when Wright comes back, he’s 100 percent healthy and this injury doesn’t hang with him for the entire season.