New York Mets third baseman David Wright was forced to leave Tuesday’s 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies with what is being diagnosed as a pulled right hamstring.
The seven-time All Star experienced discomfort after an eighth inning stolen base, calling time midway through the next at bat and hobbling off the field. Backup catcher Anthony Recker replaced Wright at third base in the ninth inning, a position which he had never played in his professional career.
After the game, ejected manager Terry Collins told reporters that the injury is a major problem, and he knew something was wrong right away. “I know him,” Collins said. “If this wasn’t a problem David Wright wouldn’t have opened his mouth about it.”
If a stint on the disabled list is needed, utility infielder Eric Campbell would likely be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Campbell, 28, hit .263 in 190 major league at bats in 2014.
The Mets cannot afford to lose Wright for an extended period of time, as the 32-year-old was beginning to show signs of a bounce-back season, hitting .321 with four RBI and one home run entering Tuesday’s contest. He was shut down last season in September after struggling all season with a rotator cuff injury.
Wright wasn’t the only Met to leave with an injury, as off-season acquisition Michael Cuddyer was hit on the hand in the third inning by Phillies starter David Buchanan and was unable to take first base. Cuddyer said after the game that the injury isn’t severe and will most likely not cost him any playing time.