David Wright was sent to New York on Friday so doctors can examine the sore ribs that forced him to be scratched from Thursday night’s USA-Dominican Republic game. Results are expected on Saturday. And it is yet another example why the World Baseball Classic, or at least the timing of it, is a bad thing.
Right now his immediate future is up in the air.
“In terms of the injury and it’s severity, we just don’t know any more than David has related already publicly,” Sandy Alderson told reporters on Friday. “So until he’s actually examined, we won’t know the exact nature of the injury. We won’t know the extent of the injury. And we won’t have any sort of timetable for his return.”
Wright said he began feeling some discomfort a week ago, but being the professional that he is, he didn’t say anything and played through the pain. Now, if this had happened in Mets camp, he would have immediately told the trainers and he would have sat out a few meaningless exhibition games. But since the WBC games count for something, David Wright pushed on.
And this is the problem with the WBC. Players almost have to play at top speed when perhaps they are not ready to do so. Spring Training is the time to gradually get ready for the season, not to go from zero to 60 just a couple of weeks after starting.
Would David Wright have suffered this injury if there was no WBC? No one can say. But Alderson suggested Wright kept quiet because of it.
“David is a guy that doesn’t overreact to things. He’s committed. When he makes commitments, he wants to execute on them, carry them out. I’m sure he felt a responsibility to Team USA.”
In theory, the WBC is a good thing. It helps spread baseball throughout the world. It’s just that the timing of the tournament could be better. Hopefully it will not cost the Mets the services of David Wright when the regular season begins.
Sandy Alderson said Friday afternoon that Wright has a moderate strain of his left intercostal and will need three to five days rest. In the land of the Mets, nothing is ever that simple, so we’ll see…