David Wright shut down for 10 days, will go on DL

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The move didn’t officially come today, but that’s only because the Mets were rained out.  David Wright will be placed on the DL Wednesday after a CT scan confirmed the diagnosis of a stress fracture in his lower back.

In all, the Mets are making six roster moves.  Going are Wright, reliever Ryota Igarashi and infielder Chin-Lung Hu.  Joining the roster are infielder Ruben Tejada, first baseman-outfielder Nick Evans, and reliever Pedro Beato, who is returning from the DL.

The plan is for Wright to cease baseball activies for 10 days. If he recovers well, he could rejoin the team in early June. However, a stress fracture is no minor injury and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he doesn’t make it back until after the All-Star break.

Tejada had been serving as Triple-A Buffalo’s shortstop after purposely being left out of the Mets’ second base competition this spring, but he figures to see most of the starts at second until Ike Davis returns.  The Mets will primarily use Daniel Murphy at first and Justin Turner at third.

Tejada, who is still just 21 years old, was hitting .268/.337/.407 with three homers in 150 at-bats for the Bisons.

Evans should play only against lefties, probably at first base.  He was off to a poor start for Buffalo, having hit .248/.285/.383 in 141 at-bats.  However, he pummeled lefties to the tune of a .322/.379/.512 average in 121 at-bats for the Mets from 2008-10. 

Beato will rejoin the pen.  The Rule 5 selection from the Orioles didn’t allow an earned run in 17 innings before going down with a sore elbow.

Igarashi is being optioned out after giving up six runs in 11 2/3 innings.  Hu, who was out of options, cleared waivers after going 1-for-20 with 11 strikeouts as a utilityman.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: