David Wright was given a three-week recovery timetable when the Mets placed him on the disabled list last week with a strained right hamstring and manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that the third baseman is “right on schedule.”
Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that Wright has not resumed baseball activities yet, but “is exercising with his legs.”
Collins has turned to call-up Eric Campbell as the starting third baseman in Wright’s absence and the early results have been good with five walks and a .400 on-base percentage in six games.
It’s looking like early May for Wright’s return to the lineup, although he’ll have to avoid a setback and complete some rehab games before then.
Rafael Montero competed for a spot in the Mets’ rotation during spring training, began the season in their bullpen, and is now heading back to Triple-A.
Montero appeared in four games as a reliever, striking out seven of the 22 batters he faced, but the Mets wanted some added infield depth with David Wright injured and called up Danny Muno.
It’s also possible they may want to stretch out Montero to return to the big leagues as a starter. He pitched well in eight starts as a 23-year-old rookie last season and was a starter throughout his minor-league career while ranking as a top-100 prospect.
Muno can play anywhere in the infield and the 26-year-old switch-hitter has batted .257 with 14 homers, 11 steals, and a .777 OPS in 124 games at Triple-A.
In preparation for 23-year-old Cubs uber-prospect Kris Bryant’s long-awaited MLB debut this afternoon let’s all just stare at his final minor-league numbers, which were compiled in 181 total games spent mostly at Double-A and Triple-A:
– .327 batting average
– .426 on-base percentage
– .667 slugging percentage
– 55 home runs
– 49 doubles
– 107 extra-base hits
– 152 RBIs
– 147 runs scored
– 18 stolen bases
– 99 walks
– 206 strikeouts
For those curious, here are the highest OPS totals by a 23-year-old third baseman since 1960:
1.008 – Troy Glaus, 2000
1.004 – Ryan Braun, 2007
.998 – Miguel Cabrera, 2006
.965 – Gary Sheffield, 1992
.923 – Scott Rolen, 1998
.912 – David Wright, 2006
.889 – Evan Longoria, 2009
.885 – Aramis Ramirez, 2001
.878 – Eric Chavez, 2001
.870 – Dick Allen, 1965
Based on the incredible hype attached to Bryant a lot of people will probably be disappointed if he turns into, say, the next Troy Glaus instead of the next Mike Schmidt, but either way I’m just glad to have all the hot takes about service time manipulation put away until the next great prospect is ready for a call-up.
My gut-feel prediction for Bryant’s career is that he’ll hit for crazy power, post good but not great batting averages because of high strikeout rates, and make 10 or so All-Star teams.
David Wright exited Tuesday night’s game after straining his hamstring on a stolen base attempt and now the Mets have placed the seven-time All-Star third baseman on the disabled list.
Wright was off to a nice start following a career-worst, injury wrecked 2014 season, but he’ll be out for at least the rest of the month and the Mets’ options to replace him at third base include Eric Campbell and Ruben Tejada.
Wright has played more than 135 games in a season just once since 2011 and his missing 28 games last season actually understates his health issues, because he played through shoulder problems while hitting just .269 with eight homers and a .698 OPS.
Campbell, who was called up from Triple-A to replace Wright on the roster, hit .263 with three homers and a .680 OPS in 85 games for the Mets as a 27-year-old rookie last season. He’s also a career .335 hitter with a .956 OPS in 159 games at Triple-A, albeit in a very hitter-friendly environment.