The Curse of the WBC has flattened Captain America. Slugger David Wright is down and out with a rib injury, and the Mets only can hope it doesn’t turn into the dreaded oblique injury.
Wright said he doesn’t want to do anything that would jeopardize his chances to play Opening Day, but strange things happen around the Mets and the World Baseball Classic.
The Team USA slugger was scratched from last night’s 3-1 loss to the Dominican Republic at Marlins Park just prior to first pitch because of sore left ribs. He went back to Port St. Lucie and will be checked out by Mets’ doctors today when more will be known. He said he has quietly been dealing with the injury for a week.
“It’s more the back side of the ribs right now,’’ Wright said. “It’s kind of been the same since it happened. Just recently I’ve been going into the training room and getting some treatment on it. That’s when the red flags went up with the Mets.’’
Captain America is back to being plain old Mr. Met.
Wright suffered a rib cage injury last spring training with no help from the WBC and was shut down for an extended period of time. He said this is not the same injury.
Wright wanted to play and had his spikes on, but was pulled from the lineup after the Mets and Team USA officials consulted. Wright said his injury occurred just about the same time as Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira went down with a serious wrist injury.
Wright suffers rib injury, exits WBC
New York Post | Mar 15