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David Wright injures hamstring, DL stint likely

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The Mets All-Star third baseman took himself out of Tuesday night's game against the Phillies after injuring his hamstring sliding into second base.

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It is being called one of the weirdest games of recent baseball memory. The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies played a game filled with hitting batters, reviewing of potential challenges and some really weird calls. All of that created quite the atmosphere as Matt Harvey made his return to Citi Field.

In the 8th inning it went from weird to sheer panic for Mets fans. Newly acquired Michael Cuddyer had already left the game after getting hit with a pitch and in the bottom of the 8th the Mets lost arguably their best player in third baseman David Wright.

How Wright got hurt

Attempting a steal, Wright slid into second base awkwardly and came up with some discomfort. After talking to team trainers, Wright remained in the game. A few pitches later, Wright still felt bothered by the injury and took himself out of the game.

It was announced later that Wright pulled his right hamstring, and all indications point to some sort of DL stint for him:

The Mets quickly announced that Eric Campbell would be coming to New York in case a roster move needed to be made. Campbell made a name for himself among Mets fans last year with a .263/.322/.358 line. His biggest strength was coming off the bench and pinch hitting, but it seems he is going to get regular playing time.

What if Wright is out for longer?

If the injury is more serious than a 15-day DL stay, the Mets could move Daniel Murphy to third and call up highly-regarded prospect Dilson Herrera to play second. Herrera got a taste of the big leagues last year when Murphy was hurt and impressed.

The Mets also have Matt Reynolds who they can call up to play third. Reynolds had a very impressive spring; almost displacing Wilmer Flores as the starting shortstop.

Whether for 15 days or longer, the Mets are going to be hurting with David Wright in their lineup. What could help this blow is if Cuddyer is healthy and can play. His power and ability to hit can make the Mets offense turn without Wright, which has been a problem in the past.

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