David Wright: Back In the Saddle Trying to Get Comfortable

Wendy AdairAnalyst ISeptember 12, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 16:  A fan of the New York Mets holds a banner in reference to injured player David Wright during the game against the San Francisco Giants on August 16, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

David Wright is back in the lineup as an every day player and is struggling at the plate. 

Taking a 94mph fastball to the head is one of the most horrific things that can happen to you on a baseball field and that's exactly what happened to Wright on Aug. 15th at Citi Field.

In a lost season for the Mets, what matters the most is that he got back in the batters box the day he was eligible after being beaned by a Matt Cain fastball. 

The Mets are now in the role of spoiler, fully out of any kind of playoff contention so individual statistics for their regulars mean less than ever at this point in the season.

There are many Mets players who may be auditioning for spots on the roster for the 2010 season but David Wright is not one of them, so his confidence as a hitter takes priority.

Wright and the Mets know that recovering from a concussion is a process and that there are symptoms that can linger or appear suddenly such as headaches, dizziness, and sleeping trouble, and he does need daily monitoring for this process.

For his first at bat since returning from the 15-day Disabled List, Wright hit the first pitch he saw from Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies for a single.  He knew that was the best course of action, get back in there but don't stay in there too long in order to get a case of nerves, which did help his immediate confidence at home plate.

His average is dropping, the strikeouts are still mounting and his power has not returned, but the fact that he wants to be in there every day speaks volumes about David Wright, the competitor and de-facto captain of the Mets.

Fans may get frustrated with the slump and the 118 strikeouts which will most certainly end up increasing during the last several games of the season.

Frustration is fine but they need to keep in mind what Wright has gone through and appreciate the fact that he cares enough about his team and his role as captain to be in there every day.


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