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David Wright back in Mets’ lineup Thursday

Aug 28, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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Mets third baseman David Wright hasn’t played since leaving Sunday’s game due to neck spasms, but he’s back in tonight’s starting lineup against the Braves.

In addition to his recent neck issue, Wright confirmed speculation this week that his left shoulder isn’t 100 percent. However, he doesn’t want to use it as an excuse for his lack of production this season and has no plans to shut things down early. Still, it’s logical to believe that injuries are behind his struggles as opposed to his skills simply collapsing overnight.

Wright is batting just .266 with eight homers and a career-low .692 OPS through 123 games this season. The 31-year-old hasn’t homered since July 11 and owns a .499 OPS in 145 plate appearances since the All-Star break.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    FFS Sandy just put him on the damm DL already its about the draft pick at this point as much as I hate it.

  2. carpi2 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    I’m completely confused why the Mets haven’t yet traded away Wright. The dude is not the answer for this team. For the last 4 years, he’s been more a complimentary piece. However, The Mets continue to exult him as a franchise superstar. Just think what franchise pieces they currently could have, if they traded him 2 years ago.

    • pbj72 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      In 2012 and 2013 he was a “superstar”. One of the most valuable players in the game. This is the first year he’s played a full season and really been subpar. 2011 he was limited by an injury. On a team with very little offense and not many established players keeping a guy like Wright who has typically been a great hitter wasn’t crazy.

      • carpi2 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        You’re right about his production for the last few years. I actually had forgotten about how productive he’s been since in 2012 & 2013. For some reason, his 2011 season stands in my mind as representing his recent production.

        However, I still pose the question if The Mets are better served trading him to help better their team as a whole. I’d fear, by the time The Mets are competitive, Wright would begin to lose production.

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