Jerry Manuel has decided to back off resting David Wright. Manuel suggested it's just not practical given the state of the Mets, as well as because of no other bona fide third baseman being on the roster. Manuel does not plan to sit the slumping Wright on Tuesday at Citi Field either, which the manager had suggested a day earlier might occur.
Manuel said he noticed watching Friday's game on TV after being ejected that Wright might be standing too far from the plate.
Manuel appears likely to have another infielder on the roster Tuesday, when the Mets open a series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Rod Barajas, who suffered a strained right oblique on Saturday, is due to be examined Monday when the Mets return to New York.
Manuel has intimated a DL trip is looming. Justin Turner would be the logical player to return.
"Certain movements I feel some soreness in there," Barajas said Sunday, a day after suffering the injury.
Placing Barajas on the DL would mean Josh Thole would see the bulk of the action behind the plate.
"We would have to see if he could handle that role of catching every day," Manuel said.