After Sunday’s 9-0 shelling by the San Francisco Giants, Mets third baseman David Wright insisted that he’s healthy. “I’m fine,” Wright told reporters gathered at his locker. “I’m just not hitting.”
“I’ve got to get going,” Wright said. “We have a few guys who have to get going.”
A reference perhaps to Curtis Granderson, who is 9-for-53 since the All-Star break, his .179 average is the second-worst in the NL.
Although he had a broken-bat single in the seventh inning against Madison Bumgarner, Wright has been mired in a slump that has him batting .143 (3-for-35) in his last ten games.
During today’s broadcast, SNY’s Keith Hernandez pointed out that there’s no drive or power behind his swing since returning from the All Star break, and that he’s just gliding the bat when he turns on a pitch with nothing behind it.
On Saturday, Terry Collins was asked if Wright was hurting, but the Mets skipper said he didn’t know. “I know he gets treatment on (his left shoulder) but is it still bothering him?”
“II haven’t really gotten into it much. Again, it could be bothering him a little bit. I haven’t discussed it with him.”
“I’m concerned about the fact he’s not hitting. I’m not sure about the physical side. Before he got hurt, he was slumping a little bit, too. Right now, I don’t know if he’s just trying to drive the ball but his swing has got just a little long. He was in the cage yesterday. He was in the cage earlier today trying to shorten it up. Hopefully, it pays off.”
Wright, 32, is hitting .270 with career lows in on-base (.331), slugging (.391) and OPS (.722). He’s currently in the second year of his 8-year, $138 million dollar contract.
Recently, Wright has become more vocal about the team being ready to add pieces and taking the next step toward being a contender.
Wright received a cortisone shot during the All-Star break to lessen the pain and inflammation in his shoulder.