UPDATE: Wright is surprisingly in the Mets’ lineup for today’s game.
Mets third baseman David Wright sat out Sunday’s game after being hit on the left shoulder by a pitch Saturday and it sounds like he may miss multiple games.
It’s the same shoulder that gave Wright trouble earlier this season and in talking to Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star Ledger manager Terry Collins seemed unsure about how much blamed to place on the shoulder problems for the seven-time All-Star’s career-worst season:
I do believe due to the injury in the first half he tried to make some adjustments in his swing and it changed a little bit. Actually he’s been swinging the bat very good lately. It’s just that everybody expects so much out of him that if he doesn’t hit homers or he doesn’t hit a lot of doubles, everybody thinks there’s an issue offensively. I don’t think that’s the case. … I do believe that David Wright will bounce back, whether it’s next week or next year.
Wright has hit just .273 with eight homers and a .711 OPS in 117 games after posting a combined .307 batting average and .892 OPS during the previous two seasons.
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Joe Longo, the agent of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, said his client’s relationship with the Marlins is “irretrievably broken,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He believes in the best interest of both Yelich and the Marlins to work out a trade before the start of spring training.
They have a plan. I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn’t include Christian at this point in his career. He’s in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going.
The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It’s soured. He’s part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now.
He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He’s had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don’t see how it’s going to work.
This certainly comes as no surprise considering the offseason the Marlins have had after installing new ownership, going from Jeffrey Loria to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The club traded All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs last season, as well as Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. As Crasnick notes, Yelich isn’t the only player to express disappointment with the Marlins’ current direction — J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro have as well.
Yelich, 26, signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with the Marlins in March of 2015. Given his career performance, that’s a bargain of a contract, which is why more than a handful of teams have inquired with the Marlins about him this offseason. Yelich finished the past season with a .282/.369/.439 triple-slash line along with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances.