Eric Campbell to replace injured David Wright

The New York Mets officially put third baseman David Wright on the 15-day DL and called-up Eric Campbell from the Las Vegas 51s.

The injury plague continues to haunt the New York Mets as team captain David Wright went down on Tuesday night with a hamstring injury.

The Mets called upon familiar face Eric Campbell from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the void at third. Campbell took on the same role last season when Wright was injured.

In 2014, he served as a dynamic fielder for the Mets with the ability to play every position. He added a .263 batting average to the lineup along with three homeruns and 16 RBIs in 85 games.

However, because of the Mets decision to have an eight-man bullpen, Campbell was left off the Opening Day roster and sent back down to the minors.

So far this season in Triple-A he is a solid 11 for 20 (.550) with two homers, two doubles and a triple through six games.

Campbell had a long two days, making the trip from Sacramento, CA to Las Vegas on Tuesday then to New York on Wednesday. He made it in plenty of time to Citi Field for the rubber game of the Phillies-Mets three-game set.

The addition of Campbell moved Travis d’Arnaud to Wright’s usual spot at No. 2 putting Campbell in at No. 6.

In his Mets season debut, Campbell’s first at-bat got the offense started. In the second inning, he reached first on a single, took second easily on a wild pitch and then scored the team’s first run of the game off a base hit by Juan Lagares.

The Mets went on to win 6-1 and earned an in-division sweep over the Phillies.

Wright, who is currently on the 15-day DL, pulled his right hamstring stealing second base. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team expects their captain to be back in three weeks.

The 32-year-old is signed through 2020 for $138 million, the biggest deal in franchise history.

Even though the entire Mets offense wasn't hitting well, Wright was off to an impressive start putting up a .333 average, a homerun and four RBIs.

But, after these past few games, the Mets run-slump seems to have come to an end.

The team is tied for first place in the National League East with the Atlanta Braves at 6-3.

Fortunately for the Mets, Wright’s injury is short-term and Campbell has proved himself in the past to be a solid replacement.

The team’s leader may be missing, but since it is so early in the season, the Mets could only hope Wright’s injury woes end after this.


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