The 2013 MLB season is almost over, but the final days still carry the risk of injury for those playing. On Thursday, Mets star David Wright and Braves catcher Brian McCann both fell victim to injury and left their respective games. Meanwhile, the Dodgers decided Andre Ethier's health won't be risked until the start of the postseason.
McCann was pulled from Thursday's game against the Phillies with a right adductor strain, according to the team. He is day-to-day and likely won't be pushed as the NL East champions ease into the postseason. McCann was pulled in the second inning prior to what would have been his at-bat and replaced by pinch hitter Gerald Laird who stayed in the game to catch.
Wright suffered a more harrowing injury in the Mets' game against the Brewers. In the third inning, Wright was hit in the head by an 86 mph change up from Milwaukee starter Johnny Hellweg on the fourth pitch of the at-bat. He was removed from the game and replaced by pinch runner Justin Turner.
Fortunately, Wright has passed the concussion tests, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com. The Mets are well out of the playoff picture so they can handle Wright as cautiously as possible, likely making him a no-go for the remaining games this season.
Ethier has been out since Sunday with shin splints and the NL West champs are going to wait until he prove his health on the base paths, according to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times. Ethier may still play in the postseason, but Los Angeles is not going to risk him on anything less. Hernandez reports that the team will set up simulated games for him next week so he can test his legs before the NLDS starts on Oct. 3.