WASHINGTON -- Mets manager Terry Collins is downplaying the effects that David Wright's mechanical tinkering may have had on the third baseman's performance to date.
"He's done that since I've been here," Collins said of Wright, who entered Thursday's series finale against the Nationals with just one extra-base hit since the All-Star break. "That's what these guys do here, everybody. They're always looking at something if they go into a little slump."
Collins harkened back to 2012, when Wright hit .351 with 11 home runs before the All-Star break. Hoping to generate even more power in the second half, Wright tinkered with his swing and hit just .258 with 10 home runs after the break.
This year, Collins believes Wright initially adjusted his swing to compensate for the discomfort he was feeling in his sore left shoulder. Now that the shoulder is mostly healed -- Wright continues to insist it's a complete non-factor, despite his struggles since receiving a cortisone shot last month -- Collins believes his third baseman is working to rediscover his old stance and swing.