A few days ago, as I relayed reporting that David Wright’s camp was expressing cautious optimism about his health, a Mets official fixed me with a hard look, and cut me off.
“That’s not what I’m hearing,” the official said. “I’m hearing he’s extremely frustrated, because it’s not getting better. It’s not getting worse, but it’s not getting better.”
Yes, but people close to Wright have been saying that he could be back on the field soon.
“Not what I’m hearing,” the official repeated.
Our purpose here is not to report that one extreme or the other is true. It depends who you ask, and no one seems to know. Our purpose is to illustrate just how much confusion has spread about Wright’s spinal stenosis, in part because he has not spoken publicly in weeks. Silence leads to speculation.
That’s why today is a potentially significant day, with Wright expected to be with the team in San Diego. In his absence, the mystery about his future has grown, and now Wright will speak to teammates, his manager, other club officials — and perhaps the public.
Repeated attempts to reach Wright last week were unsuccessful, which is uncharacteristic of the accommodating and accessible captain. And we’re quite sure that others have tried, and not just media folks. Wright has gone largely dark.
One Mets person explained that the third baseman was still in an information-gathering phase, and didn’t have much to say yet. Currently waiting to see if last week’s epidural provides relief, Wright would rather know more about his prognosis, before going in the record.
That’s fair. We’re talking about a man’s health here, and he has the right to remain private, during what must be an aggravating and even scary time.
But it will be good for clarity later today in San Diego, when Wright surfaces. Even those who know him are guessing about his future. Hopefully, once he speaks, everyone’s guesses will become a bit more reasonable.
OFFENSE IS WEIRD
The Yanks’ lineup has run hot and cold this year, so of course they were all over Felix Hernandez in a five-run fifth inning last night. The frame included Mark Teixeira’s grand slam. Here’s Feinsand with the gamer.
And Chris Capuano is headed to the bullpen. The decision is a testament to Adam Warren’s effectiveness in the rotation; he was simply too good to move. This is a loss to the pen, which is better with Warren in it than Capuano. But both pitchers’ are valuable in their flexibility, so Joe Girardi could always rejigger the dynamic later.
Harper wonders what’s wrong with Robinson Cano.
Jacob deGrom continued to turn around his season. For a while there, it looked like the league was making adjustments to the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, at a time when his stuff and command were less consistent. A bad mix, and deGrom was clearly frustrated.
But holy moley, has he turned it around. Last night, deGrom flirted with the first perfect game in Mets history, and ended up allowing just two hits. Here’s Ackert’s gamer.
And now for the bad news. Lucas Duda’s knee hurts.
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