8/24/2014 8:59 P.M. ET
Colon caps emotional week with gutsy outing
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Skipping Sunday's start was never an option for Bartolo Colon. Though Colon traveled to the Dominican Republic earlier this week to be with his mother, who passed away Tuesday, and though he plans to travel back there for the funeral on Thursday, he was insistent upon making a start in between.
So Colon boarded a plane, flew to Los Angeles, threw six innings of two-run ball against the Dodgers and flew back.
"It impressed me," manager Terry Collins said. "It didn't surprise me. He's had a tough week. He came off the mound in the sixth inning and I think that's the first time in his career he's ever said, 'I'm done.'"
Colon's emotions seemed to melt away once he took the mound. After giving up a stray run in the first inning, the right-hander retired seven in a row and 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, using a triple play to his advantage in the sixth. In what might have been his last start with the Mets -- he is a prime candidate to be dealt before next Sunday's waiver Trade Deadline -- Colon shined.
"I was mentally prepared for the game today," he said through an interpreter. "I was prepared to face that lineup. I was ready to go."
In many ways, Colon's teammates were more impressed with him than he appeared to be with himself. David Wright, for example, called it "nice for him to go out there and get that win," while Lucas Duda noted that the Mets "all try to rally around him and give him as much support as we can."
"Our hearts are with him," second baseman Daniel Murphy said in response to a question about Colon's performance. "He's a teammate and we love him. To go through something like that -- we're going to be sons and fathers and husbands long after we're done with this game. But to answer your question, he threw the ball great."
Wright, Murphy day to day with minor injuries
LOS ANGELES -- In the span of about two hours Sunday, the Mets lost two of their lineup's most critical pieces to minor injuries.
Third baseman David Wright left Sunday's win over the Dodgers in the third inning with muscle spasms in the right side of his neck. And second baseman Daniel Murphy departed six innings later due to cramping in his right calf. Both players are day to day, though Wright in particular does not expect to miss any time.
Wright's injury began nagging him earlier this weekend, but became more acute during his first two plate appearances Sunday. Coming into the game mired in one of the deepest slumps of his career, the third baseman snapped a 2-for-22 skid with a single off Dodgers starter Kevin Correia in the top of the third, then scored on Lucas Duda's three-run homer. But he did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning, giving way to Eric Campbell at third base.
"It's been bothering me for a few days, and just got progressively worse and worse," Wright said, noting that he experienced similar neck pain at times last year. "It just got to the point where I couldn't get out there and do the simple things. That's when the decision was made to get me out of there."
Wright also missed time earlier this season with a sore left shoulder that has affected him since June. He and manager Terry Collins both insist on a near-daily basis that the shoulder is healthy, even if it and other nagging injuries have combined to undermine his performance to date. The third baseman entered Sunday's play batting .095 in his last six games, and now has zero extra-base hits in his last 62 plate appearances. He is batting .266 overall with eight home runs in 123 games.
"You like to think that you can make it the whole year without feeling pain, but that's probably not going to be the case," Wright said. "This year has just been frustrating with some of the injuries and some of the bothersome things that have happened. But knock on wood, whether I miss a day or a couple of days, I've been able to get back out there without missing too much time."
Less sure of his status was Murphy, who left Sunday's game in the ninth inning with cramping in his right calf. Though the score of the game made it an easy decision for Collins to remove Murphy from the lineup, Mets trainers advised the second baseman to stay off his feet throughout Monday's off day.
Murphy said he won't know if he'll be able to play Tuesday until he wakes up that morning.
"I really can't tell you how it's going to feel until we get to Tuesday," Murphy said. "I've never done it before, so it's tough for me to gauge."
• Ruben Tejada started at shortstop Sunday after a three-game absence. Tejada has started just four of the last 17 games as the Mets look to give Wilmer Flores increased playing time at short.
• With the U.S. Open starting Monday, the Mets are encouraging all fans to take public transportation to Citi Field. The Mets begin a six-game homestand against the Braves and Phillies on Tuesday.