Jerry Crasnick of ESPN released an article that has a little more on Wright. Crasnick writes that Wright was already in full uniform, from his cap down to his spikes, and was prepared to head out for pregame introductions Thursday night when he received the news that the Mets had scratched him. So at least where Wright was concerned he did not expect the Mets to have him scratched from the lineup.
Crasnick quotes Wright to say,
“I’m optimistic that they’ll allow me to come back and rejoin these guys,” Wright said. “I wanted to play tonight, but I understand the decision. I’m disappointed. That goes without saying. But I completely understand the direction that they’re going.”
Wright goes on to say that Mets GM Sandy Alderson knows Wright is disappointed but that he (Wright) wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize Opening Day.
Original Post 8:32PM
Earlier this evening it was reported that Mets 3B David Wright who was scheduled to play tonight in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA vs the Dominican Republic was scratched from the lineup just moments before the game.
The reason reported was Wright was experiencing a sore back. Wright had taken batting practice just before tonight’s game and was reported to be in fine physical and mental shape.
During the bottom of the 3rd inning of the USA vs D.R. game MLBNetwork reported that Wright said he had been experiencing the soreness for about a week now but he went in today to have the trainers work on it and WBC rules dictate that any time a player comes in for some work by the trainers his respective team must be notified so when the Mets were notified their doctors made the decision to have him scratched from the lineup and have him come in tomorrow to have the Mets doctors check him out.
Though maybe a bit optimistic on his part Wright said he hopes to be back and ready to play for the next WBC game and that if this was April he would be playing.