TORONTO -- David Wright's voice was raspy and strained as he spoke before Friday night's game against the Blue Jays, which he started at third base for the Mets. Though Wright was sick with a head cold that he called "more annoying than anything," he still managed to crack the starting lineup; manager Terry Collins planned to reserve Wright's off-day for Saturday.
"It's just one of those things where it takes a few days to get better," Wright said. "After that, I should be good to go."
Even before taking ill, Wright had spoken to Collins about taking off at some point during the team's stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Now, with Wright sick and the Mets scheduled to play a matinee Saturday following Friday's night game, the decision to rest Wright was inevitable.
Still, it is never easy to remove the league's hottest hitter from the lineup card. Wright's .411 batting average heading into Friday's play was the highest by any Major League player at this point in a season since 2008, when Atlanta's Chipper Jones hit .414 through June 12. Wright is the first Mets player in history to carry a .400 average beyond the team's 30th game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Also according to Elias, the last right-handed hitter to post at least a .411 average and .513 on-base percentage through 150 plate appearances was Atlanta's Rico Carty in 1970.
When Wright does return to the lineup after a one-day hiatus, he may do so as a designated hitter. With the Mets playing their first series on artificial turf in two years (and just their second since 2006), Collins wants to rest as many of his regular players as possible in the immediate future.
With that in mind, first baseman Ike Davis sat Friday, Wright will rest Saturday and Daniel Murphy will receive his first day off Monday in Pittsburgh. To fill out Friday's lineup card against Jays lefty Ricky Romero, Lucas Duda shifted to DH for the second time in his career, with Scott Hairston starting in left field and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in right.
Turner, ex-college roommate Romero reunite
TORONTO -- Justin Turner's friendship with Ricky Romero predates their stint as roommates at Cal State Fullerton, where they helped lead the Titans to a College World Series title in 2004. Romero and Turner first met two years earlier as Southern California amateurs, leading their team to the Connie Mack World Series in New Mexico.
On Friday, they faced each other for just the second time as Major Leaguers. Since leaving college, Turner has carved his niche as a utility man with the Mets, while Romero has developed into one of the game's best young pitchers in Toronto, preventing them from seeing each other during the summer months.
Turner singled home two runs in their only previous meeting, back when he was with the Orioles in 2009.
"It should be pretty fun," he said of their second meeting.
He and Romero dined together Thursday night and again on Friday morning, catching up after four months apart. Though the former roommates rarely see each other during the season, they live close to one another in the offseason.
"He's the guy that I go to all the Laker games with," Turner said, laughing. "Then I get unfollowed by all my Twitter fans for being at Laker games."
Minor Leaguer Muno suspended for PED use
TORONTO -- Major League Baseball has suspended Mets Minor League second baseman Daniel Muno 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the league announced Friday.
Muno, 23, was batting .283 with five home runs and an .800 OPS in 38 games for Class A St. Lucie, holding his own in a notoriously difficult environment for hitters. He was coming off a breakout professional debut last summer, ranking 17th on MLB.com's Mets Prospect Watch after posting a .466 on-base percentage in 59 games with Class A Brooklyn.
Muno's suspension became effective immediately after the infielder tested positive for a metabolite of Drostanolone, a performance-enhancing substance.
A trio of injury updates: Outfielder Jason Bay (fractured left rib) is taking light swings off a tee but is not close to a return. Catcher Josh Thole (concussion) has increased his cardio work and could travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for continued rehab as soon as Monday. Shortstop Ruben Tejada (strained right quad) is already in St. Lucie taking ground balls, but has not yet begun baserunning drills.
Chris Young will receive an extra day between Minor League starts this week because his wife is expecting. Young, who is rehabbing from right shoulder surgery, last pitched Wednesday and has made two total starts for Class A St. Lucie. His next outing could come either at St. Lucie or Triple-A Buffalo.
Catcher Rob Johnson made his first start at catcher Friday since jamming his left thumb last week. Johnson laid down a pinch-hit bunt single in Thursday's game, though it was not out of necessity; he was healthy enough to swing away if needed.
Gloria Estefan will headline the Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega concert July 14 at Citi Field, which will include more than a dozen other Latin music stars. Tickets start at $49 and go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. ET at Tickets.com, by phone at (718) 507-TIXX and at the Citi Field ticket windows.