So, uh, David Wright is going to be just fine.
The 29-year-old third baseman returned to the Mets’ starting lineup on Saturday afternoon for the first time since fracturing his right pinkie finger and broke out for three hits (including a first at-bat homer) in a 5-0 New York victory over the Phillies.
When Wright was first diagnosed with the pinkie fracture, the general assumption was that he would require a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
But he noticed vast improvement Saturday during pregame activities and was given clearance to return to the field after a meeting with team doctors.
Wright is now batting .588/.636/.941 with two home runs and five RBI in 22 plate appearances.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.