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Mets 3B Wright out of lineup with broken finger

New York Mets' David Wright hits a third-inning single that drove in Mike Pelfrey during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in New York, Monday, April 9, 2012.
New York Mets' David Wright hits a third-inning single that drove in Mike Pelfrey during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in New York, Monday, April 9, 2012.
Kathy Willens, Associated Press

NEW YORK — David Wright has a broken right pinky and was removed from the New York Mets' starting lineup against Washington on Tuesday night.

Manager Terry Collins said Wright told him he hurt the finger diving to a base during the Mets' 4-3 win over Washington on Monday night. That hand is on top when the right-handed hitter grips the bat.

About 2 1-2 hours before game time, but after the lineup had been posted, Collins announced he was sitting his usual No. 3 hitter because he felt Wright was likely to struggle and delay the healing process if he tried to keep playing while hurt.

X-rays later showed a fracture in the finger, and New York said it will be placed in a splint. The Mets said surgery is not required and doctors cleared Wright to return to baseball activities as soon as he can tolerate them.

Last season, Wright played in discomfort for weeks because of a stress fracture in his lower back and batted .226 before he went on the disabled list May 18. He sat out until July 22.

"Swinging is pretty painful for him," Collins said. "I'm going to take it out of his hands."

Wright has a homer and four walks in four games this season, as well as at least one hit in each game. Collins moved second baseman Daniel Murphy to Wright's No. 3 spot in the order, and had Ronny Cedeno at third base and batting second.