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:
David Wright pulled right hamstring. DL looming, I suppose.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) April 15, 2015
Just judging on the tone in there. I’d be shocked if Wright doesn’t miss a few weeks on the DL.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) April 15, 2015
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.
More Mets news & notes 4/15:
- Michael Cuddyer was struck on the knuckle, but won't miss time. Cuddy says he mostly likely won't play 3rd after breaking his shoulder last season.
- Jon Morosi confirms the Mets don't want to use Cuddyer at 3rd anyway.
- Amazin' Avenue has an excellent profile on Eric Campbell. Mark Simon notes the Mets should worry about Campbell's defense if that's who they go with.
- Bobby Parnell and Vic Black both started rehab assignments.
- There's no guarantee Jennry Mejia will get a spot in the Mets' bullpen after his suspension.