Wright, 30, signed an eight-year, $138-million contract with the Mets in December with the goal of helping to resurrect a franchise that continues to finish far out of the playoff picture. Despite the team's recent woes -- headlined by the injury to rookie ace pitcher Matt Harvey -- Wright remains high on the future of his team and its young players.
He started the game in right field, batting leadoff. He walked in the first inning, struck out swinging in the third and was replaced in right field in the fifth by Manager Don Mattingly.
Griffin was cleared last Thursday to play in Week 1 by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. However, Shanahan said at the time that Andrews also had unspecified "concerns."
Losing Holiday a 23-year-old All-Star point guard is tough, but it s not a substantial enough loss to invalidate this process. Holiday is a fine two-way player and should only get better, but he s not exactly a luminary among his point guard contemporaries. Such a reality shouldn t take anything away from Holiday so much as clarify his relative value. That Holiday isn t uniquely productive among point guards conveys that his contributions can be replaced, if not easily.