David Wright departs game with pulled right hamstring


The injury bug has again bitten David Wright.

According to beat writer Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, the veteran third baseman had to be removed from Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies after pulling his right hamstring on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Mets were out of infielders on their bench, so backup catcher Anthony Recker had to handle the hot corner in the top of the ninth. New York wound up beating the visiting Phillies 6-5 in a game started by Matt Harvey.

Wright is almost certainly going to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. The 32-year-old was limited to 134 games in 2014 and batted just .269 with a career-worst .698 OPS. He appeared in only 112 games in 2013.

There wasn’t much optimism about the injury in the postgame clubhouse …

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).