If the Mets play baseball tonight (the forecast is not looking great), star third baseman David Wright will not be involved. The veteran has chosen tonight as his first "strategic day off" of the season, and he probably won't even be available to pinch hit according to manager Terry Collins.
After he missed most of the 2015 season due to spinal stenosis, the Mets are going to be very careful with Wright throughout the 2016 campaign. That could mean holding him out of games like tonight's that are followed by a matinee the very next afternoon. It also doesn't hurt that talented right-hander Vince Velasquez is taking the mound for the Phillies and that the temperature this evening could dip below 30 degrees.
Wright's spot in the lineup will be taken by Asdrubal Cabrera, who will play shortstop and bat second. Wilmer Flores will take over third base in the field and bat seventh. It will be Flores's first start of the season. Wright is 2-for-11 so far this season with four strikeouts, four walks, and two stolen bases.
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