Wright scratched

David Wright has been scratched from Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals with a bruise left ring finger. He suffered the injury sliding into second base in the series opener. Mike Hessman replaces Wright at third base. Scouts who watched Wright's batting practice session said he looked awful.


Jerry Manuel said Johan Santana (pectoral muscle) plans to be examined in New York when the Mets return home. Still, a team official expressed optimism Santana was not seriously injured and he could start the next turn through the rotation.

• While Jose Reyes hoped to return Wednesday, Manuel suggested he likely would wait until Friday to reinsert the shortstop in the lineup unless Reyes was adamant he felt great.

Henry Blanco is catching Dillon Gee because Manuel wanted a veteran presence behind the plate with the rookie.

Nick Evans said he asked to play the outfield this season at Double-A and was told the organization only wanted him at first base. The lone time he played the outfield this season in the minors came when Kirk Nieuwenhuis was forced to leave a game with Binghamton with a shoulder injury after making a diving catch. Evans then started the following day, after which Sean Ratliff was promoted from St. Lucie to man the outfield with the B-Mets. Evans' first two appearances since the September call-up have been in the outfield. Evans said Manuel asked him if he was up for it and he gladly accepted, even if it was challenging with the winds Sunday at Wrigley Field.

• The Mets nominated Angel Pagan for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a combination of community service and performance.