Worse than the Mets losing their first game of the season on Tuesday was word that David Wright has a fractured right pinkie and will miss at least a couple of games.
Wright hurt himself sliding back into first base on a pick-off attempt during Monday night’s game and spent Tuesday’s game on the bench (left).
“I was going to run the first pitch, and he (Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson) surprised me and threw over,” Wright said. “It was a little bit of a panic trying to get back to first, and I went in there a little bit too hard and jammed my pinkie into the bag.”
Wright stayed in the game but when he woke up on Tuesday the pinkie had swelled. He will be fitted with a splint on Wednesday, and what happens next is anyone’s guess.
“It depends where the fracture is itself, where it’s at,” Terry Collins said. “But, a lot of those things, if it’s not something they have to set, you go play. You deal with the pain, and you can play through it. We’ll know more tomorrow after we get the initial report back from the hand specialist. … Worst case right now is that he’s going to miss a little bit of time. But the best-case scenario is that he takes tomorrow (off) and he’s ready to go on Friday, once they get the swelling down.”
The Mets can only hope and pray the swelling goes down and Wright does not have to go on the disabled list. It would really be a shame if he lands on the DL. The Mets are off to a great start, and Wright has been in the middle of it all — he’s hitting .583 with a homer and four RBIs. It’s not a coincidence that the Mets lost their first game and Wright was not playing.
The Mets are not deep enough for anything to go wrong. Losing Wright for any period of time will be devastating.