The Mets have officially placed David Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Wright left last night’s 4-2 win against the Royals early after pulling up lame beating out an infield ground ball.
In Wright’s place, the Mets have called up Mike Baxter, who can’t play third base, but will provide the Mets with another option off the bench. Josh Satin and Justin Turner both have experience at third, and will likey split the playing time while Wright is out. After putting up an excellent .263/.365/.413 slash line in 211 plate appearances last season, Baxter hasn’t seen nearly as much success this year, posting a meager .212/.333/.282 line over 102 trips to the plate. He was sent down to Triple-A in early June.
Wright is in the middle of one of his best seasons to date, posting a .904 OPS, his best since 2008. He has a .309/.391/.512 batting line with 16 home runs, 23 doubles, six triples, and 17 stolen bases. He is among the National League’s top five in wOBA, wRC+, OBP, and Wins Above Replacement. He leads the Mets in almost every offensive category (except home runs) and the Met offense will surely miss him. The Mets are 17th in baseball in runs scored, and 22nd in the majors in home runs. Wright leaves a gaping hole in an already shaky lineup. It will be very difficult for the Mets to keep winning without Wright unless someone like Ike Davis starts to hit for power.
Terry Collins told the media that if it appears Wright will be out for an extended period of time, Daniel Murphy will move from second base to third. Third base is Murphy’s natural position. He has played 28 career games at third in his major league career, and 196 games in the minors.