Wright, TC assign 3B's 3 Es to rust

David Wright

David Wright

#5 3B
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM43
  • HR7

  • RBI24

  • R28

  • OBP.346

  • AVG.248

David Wright has been performing fine at the plate. In four starts since returning from a 59-game absence that allowed a stress fracture in his lower back to heal, the third baseman is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with a homer and six RBIs.

In the field, though, Wright has now committed three errors in four games -- the latest gaffe while fielding a ball in the ninth inning Monday night, which helped put Jason Isringhausen in a bases-loaded predicament from which the closer eventually escaped.

Chalk it up to an abbreviated tune-up period before Wright’s activation, according to Terry Collins. While Wright feels sharp enough at the plate, the reality is he played in only six rehab games in the Florida State League before being activated. Two of those came at designated hitter, too.

“I’ve told him the story of a player I had one time who, all summer, he thought he got his legs ready -- until he started playing,” Collins said. “And once he started playing, they got sorer and sorer. Spring training means something. That’s why it’s as long as it is. That’s part of getting your legs ready. So he’s going to have to battle it.”

Said Wright: “I’m assuming that it’s kind of like spring training. You feel, at least I feel, horrible the first couple of weeks and then from there you kind of get better and better. So hopefully that’s the case.”