David Wright’s broken right pinkie finger is apparently a much less significant injury than it sounds, as the Mets third baseman will avoid surgery and might even be back in the lineup by the end of this week.
“I think David’s gonna be fine,” manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “I would not be at all surprised one bit to write his name in the lineup on Friday. Not one bit.”
In the meantime Wright will wear a splint on his finger, which he injured while diving back into first base during Monday’s game.
Collins revealed that Wright actually wanted to play yesterday but the manager wouldn’t allow it, so if nothing else it sounds like there’s a good chance he’ll avoid the disabled list.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.