Coleman’s Corner: The Mets – When It Rains, It Pours

By Ed Coleman
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The Mets should really think about changing their mascot from Mr. Met to the Morton Salt girl with her yellow slicker and umbrella – when it rains, it pours.

Face of the franchise 3B David Wright became the latest casualty to possibly hit the disabled list, joining teammates Ike Davis, Angel Pagan, Bobby Parnell, Pedro Beato, Chris Young, Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Ronny Paulino, all of whom are either still or have been on the DL this season.

The injury that KO’d Wright actually occurred back on April 19 at Citi Field – Wright outracing and diving to make a tag on the Astros’ Carlos Lee at third base.

Wright never wants out of the lineup, he’s a gamer, but he finally submitted to an MRI on Monday – and was quite taken aback by the results.

Except on occasion, Wright has not been himself at the plate this year, batting just .226 with 6 HR and 18 RBI – and 43 strikeouts. But as usual, stress fracture or not, Wright offered no excuses for his slow start.

General Manager Sandy Alderson said that the good news is that Wright will not be required to undergo surgery.

Which will be hard enough for the antsy Wright to follow. Alderson also believes that the two-week time frame on the DL should present enough time for his 3B to recuperate.

Meanwhile, manager Terry Collins has tried to navigate his club through this minefield of injuries. He shouldn’t have been surprised by the Wright diagnosis – but he was.

Without his two corner infielders as well as his centerfielder Pagan at the moment, Collins will have to improvise a bit.

To complete the hat trick on Monday, pitchers Jenrry Mejia and Young both underwent successful surgeries at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Mejia had Tommy John on his right elbow, Young had the anterior capsule in his right shoulder repaired. Both were performed by Dr. David Altchek and both went well.

The Mets made a flurry of moves to try to reinforce the roster. Nick Evans will be called up to replace Wright’s spot – Evans can play the infield corners as well as the outfield. Reliever Ryota Igarashi – who gave up a home run on Saturday and trhe game-winning hit on Monday – was dispatched to Triple AAA Buffalo to make room for Beato coming off the DL.

And say goodbye to Chin-lung Hu and his one hit and 11 strikeouts in 20 AB – Ruben Tejada will be up to play 2B and team with Jose Reyes for a smooth double-play combination.

C U soon
Eddie C.

Can the Mets weather Wright’s absence? Comment away below…


One Comment

  1. Thanks for this information. I will have to think about this, and will probably find a use for the information you provide on your blog.

  2. Vincent says:

    Check out the Mets Quarterly Report by Op Ed

  3. Duke says:

    Anything in Webster’s Dictionary about the spelling of definition?

    1. Webster says:

      no, but I found a word that fits you. A$$H*LE, want the definition?

  4. Bob Sawicki says:

    The Mets have no choice but to whether it out because they have no other player of Wright’s calibre. Substitutes need to step up their game. All the great ballplayers have had bad streaks and injuries at some time or another. Unless the injury is a career killer, they bounce back. They bounce back because they have great skills and a mindset that will not let them become losers.

    1. Webster says:

      since when is Wright a great player? Mantle, Mays Aaron, Ruth, Seaver, Ted Williams, those were great player. Puljos, Howard, A-Rod, Jeter, Roy Halladay, those are great players.

      Webster Dictionary defination has great as large in measure, remarkable in magnitude. Wright is a good player, but large in measure, that’s funny. Leave it to Mets fans to categorized all of the Mets players as being great.

      How’a last place for the Mets with Wright by the way?

      1. TakeWrightoverWrong(Posada) says:

        A HUGE Yankees fan, but have had my fanaticism tempered of late. BUT, I would take a real injury and a gamer like Wright over a fraud like Posada. It’s an embarrassment that the fans would give Posada a standing ovation. Forget his “issues” with Girardi (not a fan of his either although he was a gamer), but Posada ditched his teammates in a critical early season series against a bitter rival. Even the greatest closer of all time and one of the greatest humans to play on that team, Mo, said that what Posada did was a “distraction.” That’s about as strong a word as Mo will ever use to show his disappointment in someone. Jetes is great too, but he never should have went along with just condoning what Jorge said. This team will suffer this year and Posada has created a lot of the dissension and it will carry over with Jeter and others even though Posada the Quitter’s contract is up at the end of this year. Getting paid 13mill and refusing to play because you’re batting 9th and hitting a buck 60 (the LOWEST of any regular in baseball) is REVOLTING. When was the last time he had a big hit??? WHEN???

      2. Webster says:

        Again Posada & Jeter have won, their careers are over, but they’ve won many titles, more than any group of players since the days of Mantle, Ford & Berra. It happens to all athletics, they age & their skills diminishes.

        It happened to Mays, Mantle, Aaron, Favre, Namath who all played more years then they should have. Some players leave gratefully, DiMaggio & Barry Sanders, others listed above do not.

        There are replacements in the waiting for these players. The Yankees, Mets and all ball clubs move on, players need to do the same. Mets moved on without Piazza, they moved on after Hernandez & Carter.

        It’s the cycle of life. Players are richly paid, spoiled & pampered for their services & still think teams owes them something in return. It’s time for Posada & in a year from now for Jeter to move on & let the young players take their turn at bat. They got their shot give a young kid theirs

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