For the first time since May 15 the Mets will have David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran in the lineup together, with Wright coming off the disabled list after missing the past 58 games with a stress fracture in his lower back.
And they may not have more a week together, with Beltran seemingly increasingly likely to be traded by July 31.
Wright was having the worst season of his career before the injury, hitting just .226 with six homers and a .741 OPS in 39 games, but he went 10-for-21 (.476) with three doubles, six walks, and a 1.212 OPS while rehabbing in the minors.
He was a No. 3 hitter for all 39 games prior to the DL stint, but returns as the Mets’ cleanup hitter and will bat behind Beltran. Daniel Murphy was the primary fill in for Wright at third base, but will now shift across the diamond to first base and sub for the injured Ike Davis.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.