Notes: Wright not thinking contract
In light of Reyes' deal, All-Star deflects talk of long-term future
MIAMI -- With the four-year contract extension that Jose Reyes signed on Thursday, discussion in the Mets' clubhouse turned to whether a new deal would be in the near future for the Mets' other young standout, third baseman David Wright.
Wright, who was a starter for the National League at this year's All-Star Game, said that he was happy for Reyes, but isn't thinking about any upcoming deals because he is behind Reyes in term of arbitration eligibility.
"I'm happy for Jose, he's earned it. It's great for the organization," Wright said. "[But] I'm not worried, he's a year ahead of me."
During the conference call to discuss Reyes' contract extension, which locked the shortstop up until 2011, Mets general manager Omar Minaya said that there were no immediate plans to make a new deal for Wright.
"When the time is right, we'll discuss something long-term," Minaya said. "David is one class behind Jose. When the appropriate time comes we'll talk about those things."
Like Reyes, Wright has proven to be a breakout player for the Mets, one that the organization would like to see playing in New York for a long time. The second-year third baseman is hitting .308 with 81 RBIs and 21 home runs.
For his part, Wright has expressed a desire to remain with the Mets.
"I want to be here for a long time. I've made that very known," Wright said. "I'm just going to go out and play the same way."
Sanchez speaks: Duaner Sanchez, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder following a car accident on Monday, was able to go home on Thursday.
Sanchez is expected to be ready for Spring Training next season.
Despite his season ending, Sanchez told the New York Daily News that the surgery was a success and that he expects to make a full recovery.
"Everything is good," Sanchez said. "There's nothing's bad in my shoulder. The ligaments and muscles are OK. I will pitch again, but it won't be this year."
Sanchez sustained the season-ending injury when he was involved in a collision while riding in a taxi cab with relatives on I-95 in Miami early Monday morning. The reliever reached out his right arm to protect his head, but the impact severely separated his right shoulder.
Wagner on Utley: Closer Billy Wagner said Thursday that he's been following former teammate Chase Utley's 34-game hitting streak somewhat, but he isn't surprised by the feat.
"I'm not surprised, he always puts a bat on the ball," Wagner said. "He brings it every day. I'd like to see him go a long way with it."
Utley hit in his 34th consecutive game on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Mets manager Willie Randolph said that he's been following the streak as well on "SportsCenter."
"I'm interested, but I don't necessarily root for it," Randolph said. "I like him as a player so it's nice to watch."
Randolph will get a chance to get a good look at him this weekend when Utley and the Phillies head to Shea Stadium on Friday to open a three-game series with the Mets.
Coming up: The Mets will open that three-game set on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. ET. Orlando Hernandez (7-8, 5.00 ERA) will take the mound against Philadelphia's Ryan Madson (9-7, 6.02 ERA).
Kevin Fiorenzo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.