A quick aside from a Mets public relations official that David Wright would be available at his locker before Sunday’s game with the Brewers caused a minor stir in the team’s quiet clubhouse.
Just minutes earlier, Manager Terry Collins had informed reporters that Wright would be ready to resume baseball activities on Monday at the team’s facility in Port St. Lucie from a right hamstring injury and lower back pain.
The idea that Collins spoke to Wright on Saturday and Wright would be available to reporters in Flushing before he continued his rehab in Florida the next day seemed too good to be true.
And it was.
Alas, after minutes of dawdling around Wright’s locker, another PR official announced the clubhouse was now closed and there was no Wright sighting.
So it was a Sunday morning gag that half a dozen reporters fell for.
As for Wright’s injury, Collins wasn’t in a joking mood and was preaching caution.
Collins said he spoke with Wright on Saturday after he shut himself down on May 8 after experiencing lower back pain in his rebab from the hamstring injury.
“I spoke to David yesterday,” Collins said. “He’s going through his rehab stuff with the lower back and I just told him be careful tomorrow. Make sure that we cut the activities back so that we don’t overdo it so that Tuesday you can push forward instead of backing down a step. So we’ll see how he comes out of it tomorrow.”
Wright, the Mets captain and third basemen, had an MRI on his lower back earlier this month that indicated no structural damage.
The news was especially significant since it showed he had not suffered another stress fracture to his back, as he had in 2011.
Since the MRI on May 7, Wright has been inactive and resting to allow the pain to go down.
The Mets initially anticipated Wright’s stay on the DL would be for only two weeks when his injury odyssey began on April 14 after he had to be pulled from a game because of the hamstring injury.
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