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Mets face first test of season in 6-2 loss to the Nationals

Ronny Cedeno. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Mets (4-1) now face the first true test of a very young 2012 season, as the team finds itself minus third baseman David Wright and having one of the toughest nights thus far resulting in a 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals (3-2) on Tuesday night.

Prior to Game Two against the Nationals, Mets manager Terry Collins came into the team’s dugout to inform the New York media what was happening to the franchises All-Star. It turns out that Wright has a fracture in the middle joint of his fifth finger, there will be no decision made on if the slugger will have to be placed on the disabled list until the re-evaluation.

“We have to wait a few days, we have to wait until tomorrow to see where he is at,” said Collins on the injury after the game. “I doubt right now that he will play tomorrow, but we will see, until we can get our hand guy to look at it and decide how to move forward then we will know more about it.”

Now Collins has to try to have to find the balance between where to play the guys, while also monitoring the injury to Wright. Thus far the third baseman has recorded a homer and four walks in the four games that he has started, as well as recording a hit in each game.

“I don’t know yet on the moves that we are going to make until we see what will happen with the injury,” Collins said. “You start crossing some dangerous lines when you start trying to guess and you have no timeframe. I don’t know if it’ll be a week, if it will be 10 days or what the timeframe will be to make a change. Once we know more about the injury we will figure out what to do to make us better during that period of time.”

On the hill for New York was starter Dillon Gee, who allowed four runs-three earned, giving up eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. The righty struck out six while only walking one.

“I thought he threw the ball well,” Collins said to 1495 Sports. “If we made some plays behind him, he leaves with a good outing.”

Leading the charge offensively was Ronny Cedeno, who singled in his first at-bat as a Met in the first inning. The infielder finished up the night going 3-for-4 doubling home a run in the eighth for his first RBI with the club.

“I thought Ronny Cedeno swung the bat pretty well tonight,” said Collins.

Also driving in a run in his first appearance at first base was Justin Turner, who handled five defensive opportunities cleanly. Ruben Tejada collected his fourth double of the season tonight, while Josh Thole now has a hit in every game he has played in this season.

Thole thus far is hitting .545 (6-for-11) in four games. 1495 Sports had a chance to sit down and chat with the catcher prior to Game Two and fans are encouraged to check out the one-on-one.

There is a ton of excitement and build-up for the finale of this three-game set on Wednesday, as it’ll be a battle of the aces. New York will send out lefty Johan Santana to take on Washington righty Stephen Strasburg.

“I am only looking forward to seeing Johan pitch,” Terry Collins said in the pre-game press conference. “That is where my concern is. Everybody likes to see the best players play, and I’m interested in seeing (Strasburg) in a game situation. I know he’s got great stuff. We saw it in Spring Training, but my focus is on my guy-not the matchup itself.”

The finale of the Mets/Nationals series is set to air on the SNY network, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

Written on April 10, 2012 seen on the Examiner.com site below:

http://www.examiner.com/article/mets-face-first-test-of-season-6-2-loss-to-the-nationals

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