David Wright comes back strong for the Mets
David Wright returned to the Mets’ lineup today to face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Wright missed three games after he fractured his pinkie finger sliding into first base on a pick-off play.
On Friday, it was believed that Wright would have to be put on the disabled list, as he was having trouble gripping a bat. He decided on Saturday morning however, that he was well enough to enter the game.
“I’m not surprised,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s been swinging great. He took a couple days off, jumped right back in there and kept swinging great.”
Wright proved that he was doing better after hitting a home run on the first pitch thrown to him in the first inning. He then went on to hit two singles, going 3-5 on the day.
While on base, Wright rolled up his batting gloves and held one in each hand to prevent him from extending his fingers if he had to slide.
“It was good for the confidence, good for the psyche to go out and do well your first at-bat back,” Wright said. “It kind of puts that doubt in the back of your mind, that you can go out there and feel pretty good and healthy.”
The Mets started the season 4-0 with Wright in the lineup, and then lost two out of three games without the third baseman.
Wright missed 60 games last season with a back injury.
The third baseman has proven to be very valuable to the Mets’ lineup, starting the season .588 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs.
With Wright’s help, the Mets defeated the Phillies 5-0.