NEW YORK -- When David Wright was hit on the left side of his helmet by Johnny Hellweg's 86-mph changeup Thursday night against the Brewers, the immediate concern was the effect it had on Wright's head. But the less alarming result is what kept him out of the Mets' lineup on Friday.
After Hellweg's pitch hit Wright, the third baseman fell to the ground and jammed his right thumb. While Wright passed all of the concussion tests and felt no effects of the hit to his head on Friday, his thumb was still too swollen for him to play.
"He doesn't have a concussion. He doesn't have headaches," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Before he started running, I said, 'I don't care if you can count the number of stones that are on the warning track from first base. If you can't swing the bat, it's not a good idea to play.'"
Collins said the plan was for Wright to take batting practice and throw before making a final determination on whether he could play. But team doctors eventually advised Wright to rest his thumb for another 24 hours, a team spokesman said.
Earlier in the afternoon, Wright completed running drills without a problem. Collins said the Mets' medical staff wanted to make sure Wright didn't experience a headache once his blood pressure was raised.
Wright has only played in five games since returning from his seven-week stint on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. In those games, he's hitting .400 (6-for-15) with two homers and three RBIs.
With only two games left in the season after Friday, Wright is dealing with another injury that's keeping him sidelined.