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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets reacts after hitting a ground ball out to the shortstop in the twelfth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 27, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)


Mets Giddy Start Ends With a Pinkie-Break

The Mets finally lost their first game last night, 6-2 to the Washington Nationals, a generally unremarkable evening that went by quickly and painlessly enough. The Mets are still in first place, so there's that to hang on to. The main reason the Mets lost last night was that they were missing two of their best hitters: Ike Davis, who needed a night off after a rough start, and David Wright, who's going to need more than that off. Yep: The Invisible Citi Field Injury Snipers have attacked again.

This time, they've hit Wright's right pinkie finger: It has a "small" fracture. (A small fracture of your pinkie finger must be unusually small indeed.) It's not going to require surgery, but it's going to be a considerable pain for a while: Try holding a baseball bat as a right-handed hitter and see how important the right pinkie finger is.

The question is whether or not Wright will hit the DL. We'll know Friday.

“I’m going to wake up tomorrow, hopefully the swelling goes down and we start getting it better,” Wright said. “For right now, it’s swollen. I’m just trying to ice it and stabilize it and see how it feels tomorrow … You can’t determine anything when it’s puffy and swollen like it is now.”

If it does turn out Wright hits the DL, Daniel Murphy will switch positions he doesn't play well, from second base to third, and the Mets very well might call up Jordany Valdespin, the terrifically named second-base prospect. Baseball America is cautious about Valdespin, saying he "doesn't always give 100 percent" and has a "future as a utility player." But playing the kids, 4-0 start aside, is one of the primary reasons the 2012 season exists for the Mets — so why not?

Even for those who forecasted doom and gloom for the 2012 Mets, it's still a bit stunning just how bad the Mets' lineup and defense looks with both Wright and Davis out. (Davis will be back for the afternoon game against the Nats today, but it'd be nice if he started hitting.) Your "meat" of the lineup consists of Jason Bay (.188) and Lucas Duda (.158). Your defense, as SNY writer Patrick Flood put it, features "a third baseman playing 2B, a second baseman playing 1B, and a shortstop playing 3B. Also Duda in RF." But hey, they have Mike Pelfrey!

Point is: The Mets got smacked with some Mets luck last night, five days into the season. They were probably due.

Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images