The New York Mets scratched third baseman David Wright from their lineup on Friday. On Saturday they sent him to New York to have an MRI on a sore left shoulder that kept him out of the lineup and has bothered him for a while now.
Both of the recent incidents that tweaked the shoulder for Wright occurred on defense. As Adam Rubin on ESPN New York reports:
The shoulder became painful during Thursday’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, first as he reached to tag out former teammate Ike Davis on a fourth-inning rundown, then further while reaching for Pedro Alvarez‘s ground ball in the eighth.
The injury initially occurred three weeks ago on the headfirst slide. So now the Mets will have to nervously wait on the results of an MRI, especially considering the fact that Wright has been playing through the injury. Rubin then provided the following update on the situation on Saturday:
David Wright traveled to New York today. Will not be examined until afternoon at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 28, 2014
The injury may or may not have something to do with the fact that Wright’s power has been sapped a bit this season. Through 79 games Wright is batting .277/.333/.396 with just six home runs. In a lineup that is pretty light on pop, a lot of pressure falls on Wright. During most seasons he is able to post elite numbers anyway, but 2014 has been a bit of a disappointment.
The Mets are in a situation where they are assessing their plan for the trade deadline in a weak NL East. Wright is presumably part of that plan one way or another, whether as a trade chip or a guy to help them win games. As such, they will hope this injury is minor.