The New York Mets pulled David Wright from the World Baseball Classic as he missed Team USA’s final two games due to an intercostal strain in his rib cage While the injury was considered minor, there was still some doubt as to whether or not Wright would be right for the Mets opener on April 1.
However, since returning to the team Wright has reassured the organization that he will be ready for Opening Day.
It would be disappointing if Wright missed the Mets first game of the season after signing a huge contract in the off-season Wright missing the first game would be embarrassing for the franchise and would drop fan morale as the team rebuilds. However, it appears New York will not have to worry about those issues, as the third baseman will likely be ready to play.
The same cannot be said for some of the team’s other players.
If Wright were not ready to start on Opening Day, the plan would be to start utility infielder Justin Turner, but is recovering from a sprained ankle. Daniel Murphy would be the team’s starting second baseman, but he is suffering from a similar but more severe intercostal strain than Wright.
Johan Santana also appears destined for the disabled list, as he is not ready to start Opening Day. Wright is optimistic that he will be ready to go when the season starts, and the team will certainly need their superstar to be healthy and productive to have any type of success this season.