The Mets have placed David Wright on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Eric Campbell has been recalled from Las Vegas and will start at third base Wednesday night against the Nationals.
Wright hurt himself trying to steal a base in the eighth inning Tuesday.
“A couple of feet before the bag I just felt my hamstring grab,” Wright said. “I thought it might be something that I could stretch out a little bit. But then I took a couple of secondary leads and just realized that if the ball was put in play I wouldn’t have been able to do anything positive, that’s for sure. It took a couple of pitches, and it didn’t get any better. That’s when I thought I’d rather say something and hopefully catch this thing before I make the same mistake I made a couple of years ago, when I tried to play through it and made it worse.”
So worse that he missed seven weeks. Nobody wanted a repeat of that, hence the move to the DL. Wright received a cortisone shot after undergoing an MRI.
“Anytime you feel something like that, you hope that it goes away,” Wright added. “And this just didn’t go away.”
Hopefully the Mets, winners of their last three games, will not go away during Wright’s absence, either. Wright is off to a pretty good start, batting .333 with a homer and four RBIs through the team’s first eight games.
This is obviously a blow to the Mets, but if he is only out for two weeks, it should not be that much of a big deal. Any longer could put a serious crimp in the Mets plans for 2015. This is not a deep team; they cannot afford to lose any of their key players for significant amounts of time.