Mets third baseman David Wright was absent from Friday and Saturday’s lineups due to a left shoulder problem that has been bothering him for several weeks. He flew back to New York to have an MRI to determine the extent of his injury.
Wright will be reexamined on Monday, but the results are better than some alternatives: Wright has a bruised rotator cuff and will not need to go on the 15-day disabled list, at least at the outset, as ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports.
Wright, now 31 years old, is slashing .277/.333/.396 with six home runs and 41 RBI. The .396 slugging percentage would easily be a career-low if the season were to end today. Despite the shoulder problem, Wright has an active ten-game hitting streak, which he’ll attempt to prolong when he returns to the Mets’ lineup.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.