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David Wright scratched from Team USA lineup due to a rib cage injury

Mar 14, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

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Team USA will be without their hottest hitter for tonight’s second-round World Baseball Classic matchup against the Dominican Republic.

According to MLB Network, David Wright was scratched from tonight’s lineup due to a sore back. Willie Bloomquist will make the start at third base in his place and bat ninth, which is a pretty significant downgrade. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton will move up to the fifth spot in the order.

It’s a tough break for Team USA, as Wright is 7-for-16 (.438) with one home run, 10 RBI and four runs scored during the tournament. He went 2-for-5 with five RBI in a 7-1 victory over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Heidi Watney said on the MLB Network telecast that Wright was scratched for precautionary reasons, but will not be available to pinch hit tonight.

UPDATE II: According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, Wright said the injury is more on the back of his left rib cage. He will see Mets doctors on Friday in Port St. Lucie, so his status for the rest of the tournament is in doubt.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Captain America? Say it ain’t so!

  2. schlom - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    When you consider the possible replacements Bloomquist is probably the worst ever starter for a US National Team in any sport. However at least he wants to play for the team (to the possible detriment to his professional career) so at least that’s good.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Jeff Agoos. DaMarcus Beasley.

      Willie Bloomquist is a professional baseball player, and there are worse players on the roster or they’d be starting. Do you really think he’s that much worse than Alejandro de Aza? Because I don’t.

      • schlom - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Agoos and Beasley were starting because the US didn’t have anyone better. I’m sure we could easily name 30-40 American 3B that are better than Bloomquist – do you think that any other US National Team has ever started their 40th option in a meaningful game?

        This isn’t to take anything away from Bloomquist, he’s a perfectly adequate utility player but there is no reason he should be starting a WBC Quarter Final.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        You’re totally wrong on Beasley and Agoos, but this isn’t about Bruce Arena’s giant mouth and tiny brain.

        Ryan Zimmerman isn’t on the bench. Big deal – quitcherbitchin. And yes, you slammed a perfectly adequate utility professional for no reason whatever. And no, there aren’t 30-40 clearly better American utility guys than Bloomquist, also a ridiculous statement on your part. No one carries 2 actual 3rd basemen, they carry a starter and a utility backup.

  3. pixteca - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    HA-Haw!

  4. steelers88 - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Oh man that is really to bad.

  5. spedman24 - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Wright will never be right in 2013

  6. thebadguyswon - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Pinch hit and he’ll drive in a pair.

  7. pariseinminnesotabichez - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Sore back because he carrying the team

  8. papacrick - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    How do you calculate David Wright’s WAR if said replacement player is Willy Bloomquist?

    • paperlions - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      WAWB = WAR+2

    • jwbiii - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      Bloomquist’s career bWAR is .5 in 925 games, so his career bWAR/150 game season is .1. He’s a replacement player.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Does that include his 0 HBPiD?

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Those are the two options? Wright, or Bloomquist?

  10. randygnyc - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Wright said if this was the regular season he’d be playing. Apparently, any player that sees the trainer for treatment, that players team doctors must be consulted. It was the mets medical staff behold pulled him.

    • professormaddog31 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      This. And because the Mets were being overly cautious, we had Bloomquist manning third, who throws a lob to Eric Hosmer thinking that he’s the Jolly Green Giant.

  11. jwbiii - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Quoth the Pena, “Little ball.”

  12. proudlycanadian - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Where did the ignoramus broadcaster who is doing the game come from? Someone should tell the idiot that Arencibia is the starting catcher for the Jays period. For some unknown reason, the clown thinks that Arencibia might not be the starting catcher this season.

    • paperlions - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      He probably just can’t believe it.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Thole is headed to AAA, according to Anthopoulos. Blanco was signed to backup J.P. Arencibia. Doubt p.c. on the Jays at your own peril. I should know!

  13. buffalomafia - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    This guy is always hurt!!!!!

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