News came yesterday afternoon that David Wright has a stress fracture in his aching back. He’ll be out at least 10 days but will likely not need surgery. Almost immediately after hearing the news I thought the Mets would move Daniel Murphy to third base and call up Nick Evans to play first base. Turns out only a small part of that thought is right.
In my post about the Ike Davis injury, which prompted the team to move Murphy from second base to first base, I mentioned how I’m a bit ambivalent about moving Murphy to different positions. Considering how he’s been moved around in recent years (before his injury last year) I would have liked to see him stay in one place and get comfortable there. Though I thought they’d move Murphy to third due to Wright’s injury I was actually pleasantly surprised to hear this morning that they will keep Murphy at first and move Justin Turner to third base.
Chin-lung Hu has been outrighted to AAA Buffalo to make room for Evans. But instead of playing first base regularly, as I thought he would, Evans is expected to add some depth to the bench, which appears to be getting thinner and thinner.
Ruben Tejada, who was playing SS at Buffalo as a backup plan for the possible exit of Jose Reyes (either via trade or free agency), was also called up. Tejada will play second base now that Turner, who had been manning the keystone since Murphy moved to first, will be playing third.