David Wright says approach is causing slump, not shoulder


Mets third baseman David Wright takes off his batting gloves after hitting into a double play against the San Francisco Giants to end the first inning of a game at Citi Field on Aug. 3, 2014. Photo Credit: Ray Stubblebine

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David Wright says the shoulder that recently required a cortisone shot is fine. It is his approach at the plate that needs to heal, and he doesn't think it will take much.

Although he was one of only two Mets to get a hit Sunday against Madison Bumgarner, it is no secret that he has been slumping (.175) since the All-Star break. He believes he needs to relax and go back to basics.

"Sometimes the more you do, the deeper you get. You've just got to get to a point where you feel comfortable in the batter's box, feel comfortable with the swing," he said. "You get in these swing modes where you're just guessing he's going to throw you a fastball, you swing and it ends up being a curveball. It's hard to explain. You've just got to go up there, it takes just one swing, one at-bat where you feel something click, and all of a sudden, you start rolling."

Tribute to Murphy

On the big screen during the fifth inning, the Mets paid tribute to longtime broadcaster Bob Murphy, one of the most beloved people ever associated with the franchise, who died Aug. 3, 2004.


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Extra bases

Matt Harvey is scheduled to throw again Tuesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, Florida . . . Before the game, manager Terry Collins joked with reporters that he gave Wilmer Flores a second consecutive start "so you guys will stay calm." The manager is mindful that he often is asked about the infielder, who is said to have some potential. He also is mindful that Flores can swing the bat, which he showed with the only solid hit the Mets had Sunday, a double. "It makes you feel more comfortable at the plate," Flores said of getting back-to-back opportunities. But he has been up and down enough to realize that two days do not qualify as a regular role. On that, he said, "I don't really know. I'm just going to be ready."

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