Mets OF Jay Bruce left Wednesday's game with a cramp in his right calf, which he and his manager, Terry Collins, both later said was only a minor injury.
"It felt like a cramp that wouldn't let up," said Bruce, who expects to play on Thursday.
He hit a double in the second inning off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez, but Collins pulled him from the game after seeing him look hurt.
"I couldn't afford to have him blow it out, so I took him out," Collins later explained.
According to Bruce, the injury first occurred when he fouled a ball off his leg this past weekend in San Francisco. He didn't feel any pain earlier in the week, but it returned last night, first when running out to his position and later when running the bases.
Bruce entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats.
He's hitting just .169 with two home runs, two doubles, six RBI and 19 strikeouts in 22 games since being acquired by the Mets from the Reds on July 31.
The obvious joke here is that when you run the bases as infrequently as Bruce, because he's been so bad, it's not surprising he would come up lame. The fact is, I give him credit and appreciate him wanting to play through it. But, as we've seen with other position players on this team, the balance between pain and impeding performance and actually performing and being in the field is a fine line and moving target.
I'd like to see Collins put Yoenis Cespedes behind Bruce, to give him some protection and a few more fastballs. Travis d'Arnaud is hitting well, finally, during the last two weeks. Why is he batting eighth? Instead, hit him behind Cespedes. And, again, for the love of Mr. Met, move Curtis Granderson down in the lineup.
The night before, with Granderson out of the lineup, the Mets went wild scoring with Asdrubal Cabrera batting second behind Jose Reyes. The next night, does TC replicate what worked? Nope, of course not. Instead, he moves Cabrera down to sixth and returns Granderson to hitting second. Huge game, with momentum, yet TC gives Granderson (who is batting .180 since the All Star break) the second most at-bats in the game. Oh, right, I was supposed to be writing about Bruce...
Anyway, Bruce is notorious for binge hitting, where he bats .400 and belts seven home runs in a week, while carrying the team on his back. The Mets need that now, especially if Cespedes can join in...
How about that Bruce trade?
In the most recent We Ask Mets Fans, presented by StubHub, SNY.TV asked Mets fans if they give the trade for Bruce a thumbs up or a thumbs down...