NEW YORK (WPIX)—Mets slugger David Wright said he felt better Monday - two days after he was hit in the helmet by San Francisco's Matt Cain's 94 mph fastball.
The Mets third baseman said he plans to return to the team's lineup as soon as he can.
Wright, who met with reporters at an afternoon press conference, said he had a headache and felt a bit "dazed" after being hit but never lost consciousness.
The pitch occurred during the fourth inning of Saturday's game, hitting Wright just above the ear hole. Wright crumpled to the ground as his helmet flew off. He lay immobilized in the batter's box for several minutes before being helped off the field. He was taken by an ambulance to the Hospital for Special Surgery about 50 minutes later, where a CT scan came back negative.
Team spokesman Jay Horwitz said the Mets All-Star was suffering from "post-concussion symptoms" upon being released from the hospital on Sunday.
No foul play is suspected. Giants manager Bruce Bochy stated that the pitch that hit Wright was unintentional. "Sometimes it gets to the point where any pitch inside, if it hits a batter, it's on purpose," he said. "I felt horrible. ... It's a sick feeling when someone gets hit in the head."
Wright is batting .324 with eight homers and 55 RBIs, and had missed only one game for the banged-up Mets this season. The club is already without Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran, and the pitching staff is missing J.J. Putz, John Maine and Jon Niese.
Manuel got a text message from Wright on Sunday morning saying he was OK. Despite the Mets' setbacks, Manuel stated, "I do believe we have to be cautious with this, and we will be."
Last year, the team was heavily criticized for rushing back Ryan Church after he suffered multiple concussions. Similar to Wright, Church experienced post-concussions symptoms, and never seemed to fully recover, and struggled throughout the season.
Manuel is putting his faith on Wright's own judgment. "David would know well enough whether he can move forward," Manuel said. "He's a bright young man and he understands a lot of different things, what's going on, and I think he has enough wisdom to put it in its right place."