BY WALTER VILLA
MIAMI—David Wright met with the media during Thursday night’s game and reported that he has sore ribs—not a bad back.
“For about a week now, I’ve had some discomfort in my rib area,” he said. “Every time I go in and get treatment for something like that, the team finds out about it, which is correct.
“Between USA Baseball and the Mets, they decided to put me out of the lineup today.”
Wright will leave for Port St. Lucie, Fla., after the game to be examined by the Mets' team doctors on Friday:
“I’m optimistic they will allow me to come back and rejoin the team,” Wright said. “I wanted to play tonight, but I understand the decision that was made by the Mets and USA. I’m disappointed. I think that goes without saying. I completely understand the direction that they’re going.”
MIAMI—Third baseman David Wright, Team USA’s MVP so far in this year’s World Baseball Classic, has been scratched due to a sore back.
He will be replaced at third, by Willie Bloomquist, who bats ninth.
Wright has 10 RBI in four WBC games. His status beyond tonight has not yet been disclosed.
Power hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who had been scheduled to hit seventh, will now bat in Wright’s five hole. Stanton certainly has the power to make a positive out of a negative.
MIAMI – Advantage, USA?
The retractable roof at Marlins Park has been closed due to windy conditions and temperatures that could dip—brrrrrr—to 54. (Hey, that’s cold for Miami!)
The closed dome figures to help R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, judging by his 2012 numbers. He had a 1.22 ERA in domes (five game, 37 innings) and a 3.02 ERA outside.
Catching Dickey tonight will be J.P. Arencibia, who also caught the National League Cy Young Award winner in last week’s loss to Mexico. Dickey allowed four runs in four innings–in a dome, for what it’s worth.
Dickey and Arencibia both live in Nashville, and the catcher has caught him four times.
“Every time you catch him, it’s a new experience because you never know what will happen with the knuckleball,” said Arencibia, who played his high school ball at Miami’s Westminster Christian. “His numbers in a dome are unbelievable, but it’s a small sample size.”