Drama in Port St. Lucie today during the Mets’ intersquad game vs., um, the Mets. Marc Carig of Newsday gave the blow-by-blow:
Marc has more details about it in his Twitter feed, but that’s the gist. That and the fact that, according to Carig, all pitchers were told they needed to be on the bench for the game, not in the clubhouse. And that this is not Syndergaard’s first big league camp, so he should’ve known better.
So that happened. On the bright side: we probably won’t see any of those tired “David Wright needs to step up and be a leader” articles for a good long while. Oh, and I imagine Syndergaard is going to be getting a pretty nifty nickname out of all of this eventually.
After finishing at 79-83 in 2014, the Mets had two clear needs this offseason to emerge as legitimate contenders: A corner outfielder and a shortstop. They got off to an interesting start by signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract (and surrendering their first-round pick for 2015 in the process) in November, but nothing of note has happened since unless you count John Mayberry, Jr. They have come up empty-handed in their efforts to acquire an upgrade over Wilmer Flores at shortstop and they still have a surplus of starting pitchers. Still, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is confident about their chances in 2015.
During an appearance on MLB Network’s “High Heat” with Christopher Russo today, Alderson said that one of the reasons they have been fairly quiet this winter is because he believes they have players in place who give them the potential to improve by 10 wins from 2014. He also made an interesting comparison between Cal Ripken, Jr. and Flores. Check out the full video below:
One of the other reasons they were “fairly quiet” this winter could be that they don’t have the money to bring in other players, but fine, we’ll roll with that. So where are those 10 wins going to come from? Well, they appear to be banking on the addition of Cuddyer and the return of Matt Harvey combined with improvement from their young players and rebounds from David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Could everything click to get them to 89 wins and a playoff berth? Maybe, but there’s also the chance for regression from players like Lucas Duda and Jacob deGrom. It works both ways. By failing to address their obvious need at shortstop, the Mets haven’t really distinguished themselves from a large group of teams who figure to be in the mix for a Wild Card spot.
David Wright has made enough progress in his recovery from a season-ending shoulder injury that the Mets third baseman has begun hitting off a tee.
Wright opted against surgery to repair ligament damage in his left shoulder that played a big part in a career-worst season in which he hit just .269 with eight homers and a .698 OPS in 134 games before being shut down.
Here’s what Wright told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post about his current status:
I feel really good. I’m 100 percent confident that I will be physically ready to go. … Now it’s just a matter of me trying to get my left shoulder on a par with my right shoulder, just strength-wise. I feel pain free, which is good, feel like the shoulder is healthy, and now it is just a matter of building up that strength. In my eyes, I’m not too far behind from where I am normally at this time of year.
Wright also predicted “I fully expect us to be in the playoffs” and admitted “for me, personally, last year sucked.”
Wright, who turned 32 years old in December, is under contract for $20 million in 2015 and a total of $107 million through 2020.
There was a dose of good news for the Mets yesterday, as the team announced that third baseman David Wright has shown “marked improvement” with his bruised left rotator cuff. According to Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wright could progress to baseball activities next month.
Wright was put on a six-week rehab program in late-September after a dye-cast MRI showed a ligament issue in his shoulder. Surgery wasn’t ruled out as a possibility if he failed to make progress, but fortunately for the Mets, he had a positive visit this week with David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Bothered by the shoulder issue for a large chunk of the season, Wright had career-lows with eight home runs and a .693 OPS in 134 games this year. The Mets need a turnaround from their captain if they hope to contend next season.
David Wright was shut down in early September with what was eventually diagnosed as a ligament issue in his left shoulder, but he recently told Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger that his rehab is going well.
Wright was originally put on a six-week rehab program, so he’s expected to be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks. Surgery could be necessary if the rehab is deemed unsuccessful, but the Mets captain is optimistic.
“It’s doing good,” Wright said. “I’m hopefully finishing up some rehab stuff. I’m going to get checked out by the doctors in the next couple of weeks. And we’ll see how that goes and that will kind of determine what’s next as far as the plan moving towards for next year. I’m excited. I’ve been doing this rehab stuff pretty religiously for these last six weeks or however long it’s been and feeling better. Hopefully I get some good news when I go to the doctors.”
Wright, who apparently injured the shoulder on a head-first slide on June 12, batted just .269 with eight home runs and a career-low .698 OPS over 134 games this season. He turns 32 in December and is still owed $107 million through 2020.