David Wright‘s second-half struggles continued Monday as he went 0-for-4 in the Mets’ 4-1 loss to the Cubs. But Wright told reporter Adam Rubin he’s not blaming his ongoing left shoulder issue (ESPN, Aug. 18).
“If I’m in the lineup I expect to produce to a certain standard,” Wright told Rubin. “When I don’t produce to that standard, it’s frustrating.”
Sunday, Terry Collins suggested the shoulder has played a role in Wright’s post-All-Star break slump (MLB.com, Aug. 17).. Wright missed Sunday’s game after getting hit by a pitch in the shoulder the night before. Rubin reported Wright talked his way into the lineup for Monday’s game.
“The way that I’ve progressed, I feel good,” Wright told Rubin “I wanted to come to the ballpark today with the mindset of trying to give it a shot. Everything worked out pretty well. I got the treatment, tested it and felt good.”
Wright, 31, is hitting .224 with just two extra-base hits (both doubles) in 30 starts since the break.
“I had a real long talk with him this morning to make sure he understands the importance that we can’t aggravate it,” Collins told Rubin. “It’s a bruise. It’s not anything that’s structural, or where it was before. It’s just a bruise. He said he’s fine to swing. He said, ‘If I injure it, I’ll tell you.'”
Said Wright: “The shoulder is not an excuse. Again, when I go tell the manager that I’m good to play, I expect to produce. I’m not thinking about the shoulder. I’m not thinking about bad habits. I’m thinking about going out there and trying to excel and doing what I’m capable of doing, that I’ve proven I can do. When I don’t do that, I’m as frustrated as anybody. . . . I’ve got however many weeks to get it going a little bit and hopefully finish strong and let that carry over into the offseason.”
After the game, a reporter told Wright some are hoping he is not being forthcoming about the injury because otherwise, his recent numbers suggest his skills are declining.