David Wright departs game with pulled right hamstring

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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 …

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

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The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”