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.
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