MIAMI (AP) -- U.S. slugger David Wright was scratched from the World Baseball Classic game Thursday against the Dominican Republic because of sore ribs, but he's optimistic he'll be back in the lineup soon.
The New York Mets third baseman said the injury had bothered him for about a week, and the Mets were aware of the issue. He was pulled from the lineup shortly before the game after USA Baseball officials consulted with the Mets.
Wright said he'll be examined Friday by a Mets doctor at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
"I'm optimistic they will allow me to come back and rejoin the team," he said. "I wanted to play tonight, but I understand the decision."
Wright led all players in the event with 10 RBIs after four games and was hitting .438 (7 for 16). He was replaced at third base by Willie Bloomquist.