by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright provided much of the offense Friday in a 3-2 win over the Cubs.
Wright went 3 for 4 with a solo home run, accounting for three of the team's eight hits. He added a stolen base, his ninth of the season.
Wright is now batting .312 on the season, and has been on fire since the start of May. He is hitting .364 in 14 games, with twice as many home runs (four) as in April. He has six home runs on the season, with 27 RBI.
David Wright records eighth stolen base
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright had a busy night on the scorecard in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals, going 1 for 4 with one stolen base, one error and three strikeouts. His steal was his eighth of the year.
A two-time Gold Glove award-winner, Wright has three errors in 2013. The three-strikeout game was Wright's second of the season. He has hit .295/.410/.504 with five home runs in 156 plate appearances this year.
David Wright not missing any time
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the Pirates and won't miss any time after suffering a minor knee injury Friday.
Wright entered Saturday batting .306 with five homers and 23 RBI. He went 2 for 4 with a double before leaving Friday's game.
David Wright gets two hits in loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright went 2 for 4 at the plate in Friday's loss to the Pirates and was removed late as part of a double-switch. Manager Terry Collins said after the game that Wright's knee was "pretty sore," ESPNNewYork.com reports.
Wright owns a .306 batting average in 111 at-bats this season.
David Wright shows staying power
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright homered for the third straight game and drove in two runs during New York's 9-4 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. He finished 2 for 3 and connected on a two-run drive off Braves starter Tim Hudson in the fourth inning for his fifth home run of the season.
Wright is one game shy of matching his career high for consecutive games with a homer as he went deep in four straight outings from June 7-10, 2007.
David Wright plays ninth-inning hero
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright played the part of hero in the ninth inning of Friday's 7-5 win over the Braves, hitting a game-tying home run off Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, his fourth home run of the season. The Mets would go on to win the game in the 10th.
Wright made his only hit in five trips to the plate count. He has a .302 batting average this season.
David Wright held without a hit in return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright, who sat out Monday with a stiff neck, returned to the lineup Tuesday night against the Marlins.
Wright went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in a 2-1 loss. Manager Terry Collins did not commit to using Wright Wednesday -- a day game -- following Tuesday's night game. The Mets also have Thursday off, which would give Wright an extra day of rest.
Wright has one hit in his last eight at-bats. He is hitting .291 with two homers and 19 RBI in 86 at-bats.
David Wright back in lineup Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright was able to talk his way into the lineup Tuesday at Miami after not starting Monday because of neck stiffness. Wright appeared as a pinch hitter in the 13th inning of Monday's game.
Manager Terry Collins held back his lineup a little longer Tuesday because he wanted to see if Wright was available to play. Wright is batting .267 (8 for 30) in his last 10 games, dropping his season average from .327 to .305.
David Wright unsure if he will play Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright was forced to pinch hit in the 13th inning of Monday's game against the Marlins despite being less than 100 percent with a stiff neck. Despite his pinch-hit appearance Monday, Wright's status for Tuesday's game is still uncertain.
"We kind of ran out of options," Wright said, per ESPN. "I played through it (Sunday). I would say it’s better now than it was when I woke up (Monday) morning, which is a good thing. So I think the treatment that I got on it during the day helped and was beneficial. I’ll wake up (Tuesday) and see how it feels. I’d like to play as soon as possible, so we’ll see."
David Wright sits with neck issue
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright was held out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener at Miami due to neck soreness and is considered day to day, the New York Daily News reports. Manager Terry Collins said Wright started experiencing the issue Sunday and kept him out of the lineup in favor of Justin Turner against the Marlins.
"Ideally I would have woke up [Monday] and it would have been better, but it got worse," Wright told reporters. "You figure hopefully one day and then be back in there [Tuesday]. I just wouldn't be good to anybody going out there [Monday]. ... It's just tough to turn. Obviously it's more down my right side, so it's tough to throw."
David Wright commits rare error
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright extended his hitting streak to three games during New York's 5-1 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. Wright finished 1 for 2 with an RBI single as he finished as one of only two Mets players to record a hit (Ruben Tejada was the other).
In the field, Wright bobbled Carlos Ruiz's grounder during the first inning to end a 77-game errorless streak that was the longest by a third baseman in franchise history. It also had been the longest active run for any third baseman in the majors.
Lineup shuffle no problem for David Wright
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) After a two-game cameo as the cleanup hitter, Mets third baseman David Wright returned to his usual No. 3 spot in the batting order for Sunday's series finale against Philadelphia. Wright, who went 3 for 8 with a double and an RBI out of the four-hole, said he does not have a preference regarding his lineup slot.
"When I say zero, it makes about zero difference to me," he told MLB.com on Sunday. "Whatever [manager Terry Collins] thinks will make us click. After the first inning, you have no idea where you're going to be hitting. Sometimes, I think people make a bigger deal of it than it really is. ... To me, it doesn't really make that much of a difference."
David Wright takes on cleanup duty
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright served as the cleanup hitter for Friday's series opener against Philadelphia as Daniel Murphy assumed the No. 3 spot in the lineup. It was the first time this season Wright drew an assignment outside of the three-hole after spending 11 games as the cleanup hitter last year.
Mets in top 10 in on-base percentage
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) The Mets enter Tuesday against the Dodgers with the eighth-highest on-base percentage (.333) in the majors. Outfielder Lucas Duda (.475) is third in the National League in OBP and third baseman David Wright (.447) is fifth.
David Wright keeps on-base run intact
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Despite going 0 for 2 during Sunday's win over Washington, Mets third baseman David Wright extended his streak of safely reaching base with a pair of walks. Wright walked twice for the second outing in a row and has surfaced on base in each of his past eight games.
The veteran slugger, who also swiped his fifth base of the season, is now boasting a .447 OBP and 1.005 OPS, which ranks second among all third basemen in the National League. Last season, Wright did not register his fifth stolen base until May 27.
David Wright's recipe for success? More flyballs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright finally hit his first home runs of the season Tuesday against the Rockies -- two welcome shots that only serve to highlight the lone flaw in his game.
After hitting a home run every 5.4 games over his first five seasons, Wright has needed 7.7 games for each home run over the last five, including his slow start this year. Fantasy owners who draft Wright know he can be penciled in for a batting average near .300, tons of doubles, solid stolen base rates and decent run production. The only thing missing is the 25-30 longballs you used to be able to count on.
The biggest issue so far for Wright this season has been a lack of flyballs coming off the bat; he has hit just 10 balls in the air, giving him the worst flyball percentage of his career, by far. Just 28.5 percent of Wright's balls in play have been flyballs, according to FanGraphs.com, far lower than his career mark of 38.8 percent. That number is also lower than his previous low of 35.4 percent, set last season. The only way Wright -- or any player -- is going to put the ball over the fence is by generating lift off the bat, so this is certainly a troubling trend.
Wright can sustain his solid batting average on a steady diet of groundballs and line drives, but the power is going to come when he puts the ball in the air. It is still early, so these numbers could fluctuate pretty quickly. But Wright's power production is going to remain tied to his batted ball profile, so it is something to monitor.
David Wright homers twice vs. Rockies
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright had two home runs in the first game of a day-night double header against the Rockies.
Wright had a two-run homer off starter Juan Nicasio and added a solo shot in the fifth off the Rockies' starter. Wright was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI in an 8-4 loss.
Wright, who was one of the few bright spots for the Mets Tuesday, is 7 for 13 with four runs scored and eight RBI in his last three games. He is batting 333/.434/.578 over his first 45 at-bats.
David Wright pulls out of slide
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright entered Friday's game against the Twins with just two hits in his previous 14 at-bats, but he snapped out of that funk in a big way.
Wright had his first game with multiple extra-base hits, as he drove in a run with a first-inning double and then added a triple in the seventh. Wright finished the game 3 for 5, while doubling his season total for RBI with four. He added a pair of runs scored and a walk in a 16-5 win.
Wright entered the day batting .250, but raised his batting average to .297 with the performance. He has eight RBI, but is still waiting for his first home run.
The major-league record for third basemen is 99 games, which is shared by John Wehner and Jeff Cirillo. Vinny Castilla has the major-league record at third base of 272 chances without an error. Wright is at 153 chances.
Offensively, Wright is batting .250 (8 for 32) with two doubles, three stolen bases and four RBI in nine games. He has no home runs.
David Wright scorching against Marlins
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and his third stolen base of the season during New York's 7-3 victory over Miami Saturday. Wright singled twice off Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco for his first outing this season with multiple hits, but he failed to draw a walk for the first time.
Wright is now 27 for 65 (.415) against Nolasco and has six career home runs off the right-hander, the most any Mets player has hit against a single pitcher.
David Wright's two steals the first of many?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/2/2013) Part of the reason I haven't been as high on David Wright as other people over the last few seasons is because I never know what to expect from him steals-wise. He hasn't had 20 steals in a season since 2009, and his success rate has been up and down. Plus, I feel like teams generally prefer their middle-of-the-order hitters not to steal.
But one game into the 162-game schedule, Wright is 2 for 2 on steal attempts.
If nothing else, that performance suggests the Mets won't prohibit him from running, which was a legitimate concern after he was only 15 for 25 on steal attempts last year. With the Mets recognizing they have to generate offense in unconventional ways, I think it's possible Wright gets back to the 20-steal threshold this season.
I'll want to see more, of course, but if the steals continue, Wright will be jumping Ryan Zimmerman in my rankings
David Wright flashes early speed
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright finished 1 for 4 with a walk and an RBI during New York's 11-2 season-opening victory over San Diego on Monday. Like teammate Daniel Murphy, Wright showed no signs of an intercostal injury that hampered him late in spring training and also recorded two stolen bases.
David Wright clear of painful past
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) After surging in his rehab following an intercostal injury during the World Baseball Classic, Mets third baseman David Wright was inserted into the starting lineup for Monday's season-opener against San Diego. Wright, who assumed his usual third spot in the batting order, collected only 18 at-bats during the spring between the injury and WBC.
"I feel good physically," he told the New York Post Sunday. "It would have been nice to have a few more at-bats at the end [of spring training], but I didn’t have that luxury. I thought being pain-free was more important."
David Wright confident for opener
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright went 0-for-3 during his return to the Grapefruit League lineup in New York's 7-2 victory over St. Louis on Friday. It was Wright's first appearance in a spring training game with the Mets since March 1 as he was away for the World Baseball Classic before being slowed by an intercostal injury.
He also participated in some minor-league games earlier this week and said he is confident he will be ready for opening day. "The game action on the minor league fields, I think, helped me feel a little more comfortable today," Wright told ESPN.com. "Everything's good. ... I've said all along the same, and that hasn't changed to this point."
David Wright on course for opener
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright (ribs) returned to the lineup for Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, a telling sign he should be available for New York's regular-season opener on Monday. Wright has played in only minor-league games this past week as part of his recovery from an intercostal strain he suffered during the World Baseball Classic earlier this month. Wright's appearance Friday eliminates the Mets' ability to backdate any trip to the disabled list.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright played five innings in a minor-league game Thursday, going 0 for 4 with two walks. Wright hopes to play in a Grapefruit League game Friday, according to the New York Daily News, which is "a strong indication that he is ready to begin the season, as it would take away the Mets’ ability to backdate a D.L. stint."
"Ultimately, I’ll leave that up to Sandy and Terry, but I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to play there tomorrow," Wright told the Daily News. "But that’s not my decision."
Wright is recovering from a strained intercostal muscle suffered during the World Baseball Classic.
Jon Heyman: David Wright likely for opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Mets third baseman David Wright (rib) appears likely to be ready for opening day. Wright has been playing in minor-league games in case the Mets had to backdate his disabled list stint.
David Wright checks out OK after minors game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright (intercostal) went 1 for 5 during a minor-league game on Tuesday, reports ESPN. Wright singled and scored a run and, more importantly, had no issues with his injury.
The slugger said he felt no pain or discomfort playing in the game. "It felt OK," he said.
Wright, who should be in the lineup on opening day for the Mets, probably won't play in a game Wednesday. He'll likely remain in the minors for games so the Mets can backdate his DL stint, if that becomes necessary.
David Wright playing in minor-league game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright, who has been dealing with a strained intercostal muscle, is expected to play in a minor-league game Tuesday, reports ESPN.
Wright has been able to pick up the intensity of his workouts recently and has not experienced any setbacks. He will be tested in a minor-league game first just in case he needs to go on the disabled list in a backdated fashion. That said, he appears to be on track for opening day.
David Wright says he's 'all good'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright has declared himself "all good" after taking live batting practice on Sunday.
Wright had to pull out of the World Baseball Classic after suffered a strained intercostal muscle. He’s only played in four games with the Mets this spring.
Last season, Wright hit .306/.391/.492 in 581 at-bats. Wright has been labeled questionable for the start of the season, so his progress is an encouraging sign.
Opener in sight for David Wright
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright said he felt good after taking batting practice Sunday for the first time since suffering a strained intercostal during the World Baseball Classic.
The return to the field was viewed as a key step in Wright's recovery as he looks to be ready for opening day.
"I get to check this off the list," he told Newsday about the live batting practice. "It's good to keep taking steps forward."
Wright said he was unsure about the next phase in his rehab and there is no timetable for his return to game action.
"They've kind of done a nice job putting the reins on me," he said. "Sometimes, I can be my own worst enemy."
GM: David Wright holds 'realistic' goal
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) For the first time since suffering an intercostal strain during the World Baseball Classic, Mets third baseman David Wright took swings off a tee in a batting cage on Saturday.
Wright also took grounders at third base for the second day in a row as he continues to work toward achieving his ambition of being ready for opening day.
"I'm glad it's a goal," general manager Sandy Alderson said to Newsday. "Is it realistic? Yeah, I think it's realistic. I don't think there's any certainty, but it's realistic."
David Wright begins exercises
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright was named the team's captain Thursday, and he continued to make progress over the next day in his recovery from a strained pentecostal muscle. After taking a few days off to let a cortisone shot set in, Wright began working out Friday for the first time since suffering the injury. Wright began running, stretching and exercising, including taking grounders and playing catch, but has yet to swing a bat. Wright remains hopeful that he will be healthy with the regular season set to begin in 10 days.
"At this point, we're progressing," Wright told Newsday. "But obviously, we're taking it somewhat cautiously."
Wright has been sidelined since being sent back to camp from Team USA's game against the Dominican Republic on March 14.
Mets infield remains in flux
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins didn't have an update Wednesday on the status of third baseman David Wright, who is battling an intercostal strain, but said he was more confident about Wright being ready for opening day than Daniel Murphy, who is dealing with the same injury, The Star-Ledger reported.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) ESPN reports Mets third baseman David Wright (intercostal strain) remains confident he'll be ready for opening day. Wright received a cortisone injection Friday. Fellow Mets infielder Daniel Murphy has been sidelined by the same injury for more than a month, but Wright holds he's in a different situation than Murphy.
"I'm in a better position than Murphy, obviously, because I've been playing in games and taking plenty of swings,” Wright said. "It’s getting better. I wish there was more to give. There's not much more right now. It’s just doing what the doctor said and getting treatment and resting.”
David Wright aims to play in opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright returned to camp Sunday after missing the final games for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic because of a moderate intercostal strain. Wright told reporters his "goal is to play opening day," but admits he won't rush back into the lineup.
"That's looking to predict my future. I can't do that and I won't do that," Wright said. "I like to try to play through injuries. The quicker I can get the pain out of my rib cage the quicker I can play."
If absent from the opening day lineup, the Mets would likely look toward Justin Turner and Brandon Hicks to potentially help fill Wright's absence. Promoting prospect Wilmer Flores from the minors could also be an option.
Not panic time for David Wright ... yet
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (3/15/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright has been diagnosed with a moderate intercostal strain, and the reaction from manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson was not exactly soothing. Although they could not confirm whether Wright would miss opening day or specify a timetable for his return, Alderson's comment that Wright could miss "a period of time" likely sent shivers down the spines of some Fantasy owners.
It's too early to downgrade Wright in drafts because, after all, he may not miss any regular-season games, and it's not as if many of the other top third base options don't have their own risks. But those thinking of targeting Wright should watch this situation closely. If he missed a month of the season, that would drop his value to Aramis Ramirez territory -- not a bad place -- but also not that close to the top-three at the position, where Wright currently resides.
David Wright could miss Mets' opener
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright was diagnosed with a moderate intercostal strain on Friday and his status for opening day is uncertain, the New York Daily News reports. Wright was scratched from the lineup for Team USA's matchup against the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday and underwent additional tests Friday in New York.
He is expected to be shut down three to five days before being re-evaluated. "You saw what happened to [second baseman Daniel Murphy]," manager Terry Collins said. "Murph has been out a month. Last year, David had it, missed a month. Jason Bay had it, missed a month."
General manager Sandy Alderson refused to comment on Wright's availability for the season opener. "In terms of longer-term, opening day, those kinds of things -- anything about his condition for opening day, I think right now would be speculative," he said. "Is it possible that he’ll be out for a period of time? Sure."
Mets redirect David Wright to New York
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright was sent to New York on Friday to determine the extent of his rib injury that sidelined him for Thursday's game against the Dominican Republic. Wright, who is suffering from sore ribs, was scheduled to be examined at the team's spring training site but is expected to return to Florida on Saturday.
"In terms of the injury and the severity, we just don’t know anymore than David has relayed already publicly so until he’s actually examined we won’t know the exact nature of the injury," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday morning. "We won’t know the extent of the injury and we won’t have any sort of timetable for his return."
David Wright heading back to Mets camp for more exams on back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright, who was a late scratch for Team USA Thursday against the Dominican Republic with a sore back, could be ruled out for the remainder of the World Baseball Classic, according to MLB.com.
Wright is expected to head back to the team's spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Friday for further examinations as a precaution. He is dealing with some pain in the left-side rib cage toward the back, but remains hopeful to play through the pain for Team USA.
"It was something I was able to manage," Wright said. "Showing up on an injury report a number of different times is when it set off some red flags in St. Lucie. I don't feel it much when I play. It's more just lounging around. I've been having a hard time sleeping, because you get it caught in a certain position. It wakes you up in the middle of the night. It's more so when I'm not doing anything. When I'm sitting around, it barks and bothers me. But then once I get it heated up and get it going, I feel pretty good."
Wright is batting .438 (7 for 16) with 10 RBI, including a grand slam against Italy on Saturday in Pool D play.
David Wright scratched from WBC game with sore back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright, who took part in batting practice, was scratched from Team USA's lineup Thursday against the Dominican Republic due to a sore back, according to MLB Network. Willie Bloomquist will take his place in the lineup.
Wright powers USA past Italy
(3/9/2013) Mets third baseman David Wright had a productive night at the plate for Team USA on Saturday night against Italy. He went 2 for 5 with a grand slam in the 6-2 win. He launched his shot off Matt Torra in the fifth inning before collecting a base hit in the eighth.
Wright coming off poor finish
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/28/2013) While Mets third baseman David Wright had another productive season in 2012, it was a tale of two halves for the veteran third baseman. After batting .351 with a .441 on-base percentage, .563 slugging percentage and 1.004 OPS in the first half, Wright had a dramatic drop-off in the second half, batting .258 with a .334 OBP, .416 slugging percentage and .750 OPS. "Personally, it's the law of averages," Wright said, per MLB.com. "It's extremely difficult to hit .300, and it's near impossible to hit .350. At some point, you know that some of those line drives aren't going to find holes and you're going to go into some little slumps, and I did that."