David Wright was a late scratch for Team USA’s loss last night against the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Wright reportedly had a strain in his ribcage and returned to New York today to have the injury examined further. He has been diagnosed with a intercostal strain and is officially out of the World Baseball Classic. This comes just a week after Wright was nicknamed “Captain America” because of his heroic efforts in the tournament. Now the New York Mets’ third baseman and best player will sit out three to five days so the team can monitor his injury.
Wright’s ribcage has reportedly been sore for a few weeks, something the Mets were unaware of until yesterday. When the team found out they “encouraged” Wright to sit out Team USA’s huge game against the Dominican Republic to not risk further injury. New York certainly wants to be cautious with their star player, especially after signing him to an eight-year extension this offseason. While Wright’s injury does not appear to be serious, it is still too risky to let him play in a tournament that means nothing to the Mets.
Unfortunately Wright’s injury will put an end to the most compelling story that the World Baseball Classic had this year. Wright’s bat was on fire the entire tournament and his absence will hurt the team’s chances to contend for the title. His success in representing the Mets on the world’s stage was a lonely bright spot for a team struggling in spring training as they build for 2014 instead of the upcoming season. For right now, however, Wright’s health is the biggest concern. Team USA will continue without the All-Star third baseman tonight against Puerto Rico for a spot in the semi-finals.