Collins thinking about using Wright as DH in Chicago
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PHILADELPHIA -- David Wright, who has played in all 72 of the Mets' games this season, may get a load off his feet as the designated hitter Tuesday night when the Mets open a two-game series with the White Sox in Chicago.
"If Josh Satin has a nice day [Sunday], I'm going to talk to David about the possibility of getting him off the field," said manager Terry Collins. "When I was in the American League, I had players who didn't like the DH. It's tough between at-bats to stay ready.
"But somebody is going to DH. It could be [Zach] Lutz."
Lutz has played third and Satin has been taking ground balls there, too.
Since Wright's opinion is being solicited, his is that he would rather have a whole game off than spend the time the Mets are in the field thinking idle thoughts.
"It's up to [Collins] ultimately," said Wright, who tied a Mets record with four extra-base hits in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Phillies. "I am not a huge fan of DHing, but if he thinks it will be better for me physically, I will give it a go. If he is doing it to give me a rest, I would rather play the game and take another day off. If I am going to play the game, I would rather play the game."
But even with Monday's off-day and the two-day designated hitter window presented by Interleague games, Collins conceded his iron men -- Wright, Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd -- need to be getting a blow sometime soon.
"I'll tell you what, yesterday when the score was 7-1, David, Murph and Byrd were coming out if we didn't score some runs in the seventh inning," said Collins. "We are aware we need some breaks here.
"If you watch Marlon, though, he is one of those guys who knows how to take care of himself. What he does postgame to stay ready is pretty impressive. He gets rubs, stretches himself out, gets in the cold tub."