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Den Dekker leaves with injury
UPDATE: PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Center fielder Matt den Dekker left Sunday afternoon's game against the Tigers after landing awkwardly on his right wrist.
The Mets are calling den Dekker's injury a brusied right wrist. He was sent for X-rays as a precautionary measure after having his wrist wrapped.
In the seventh inning, den Dekker raced to the warning track in front of the center field wall, where he tried to catch Austin Jackson's deep drive. But with the wind gusting at Tradition Field, and the ball headed well over his right shoulder, den Dekker was forced to jump.
The ball came out of his glove and den Dekker landed hard on his right side. As he walked off the field, den Dekker shook his right wrist. It was just the latest development in what had already been an eventful day.
den Dekker, who has shined defensively this spring, robbed Victor Martinez of a sure double in the second inning when he ranged to his left to chase down a drive into the gap. But in the fourth, den Dekker dove after Omar Infante's sinking drive to center. Infante wound up with a run-scoring triple.
den Dekker is considered a longshot to make the team out of spring training. But despite his offensive struggles -- especially his propensity to strike out -- den Dekker has also emerged as an intriguing candidate because of his outstanding range in center field.