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.
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.