David Wright will sit the bench Tuesday because of muscle spasms in his neck. But he also admits that his left shoulder is still not 100 percent to ESPN.com‘s Adam Rubin.
Wright is hitting .215 with no homers and eight RBIs in 135 second-half at-bats. He is in the midst of a career-high 143 at-bat homerless drought. He nonetheless dismissed any suggestion that his subpar second-half performance is related to the shoulder issue.
Wright told Rubin: “I would say that everybody has an opinion. Lamar sees me on a daily basis. Is the shoulder 100 percent? No. But that takes rest. And that’s what the offseason is for. But is that the reason that I’m struggling the way I’m struggling? No. So I think it’s not a reasonable assessment as to why I’m playing poorly. The assessment as to why I’m playing poorly is that I’m not producing the way I’m capable of producing. I don’t think it’s because of my shoulder.”
Wright said he hasn’t been playing at 100 percent and hopes the offseason will help.
“I feel like when my neck is ready to go, then I should be ready to go,” Wright told Rubin. “Again, hopefully this offseason will be the time to get back to 100 percent. As I’ve said all along, when I am put in the lineup, I expect to perform at a certain level. When I don’t do that, I’m disappointed and I’m upset and frustrated. That’s been the case.”
Wright is in his 11th season with the Mets and is posting his worst season since 2012 when he batted .254 for New York. Wright is a seven time All-Star third basemen who has also won two Gold Glove awards at his position.