Washington (33-60) at New York (46-47)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 21, 2004
  • TV: MSG
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An injury to Mike Piazza has opened the door for the New York Mets to bring up top prospect David Wright.

The third baseman will make his major league debut as the Mets host the Montreal Expos in the opener of a two-game series.

Wright got his call-up sooner than expected when Piazza sprained his left wrist in a collision at first base in the second inning of Tuesday’s 9-7 loss to the Florida Marlins.

This season, the Mets moved Piazza, a catcher his entire major league career, to first base to limit the wear and tear of catching. He’s made a team-leading 43 starts at first this year.

“It was just one of those things,” said Piazza, who leads the team with 17 home runs. “I thought I had the ball. It tailed in on him. It was one of those tough plays. There’s nothing you can do. It’s a reaction play.”

Piazza came out of the game, but X-rays were negative. The All-Star catcher is expected to miss a few games and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

“We don’t think Mike is going on the DL, but we’re calling up Wright anyway,” New York general manager Jim Duquette said. “It’s our feeling he’s ready for the jump. We think he’d capable of handling this level. The timing is right for the organization to bring him up.”

Wright will play third Wednesday night against Montreal, with Ty Wigginton moving to first base in Piazza’s place.

Wright was hitting .304 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs in 112 at bats at Triple-A Norfolk. He began the season with Double-A Binghamton where he hit .363 with 10 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 40 RBIs in 223 at bats.

New York hopes Wright’s call up will energize the club like Jose Reyes did when he was brought to the majors last June.

The Mets have lost four of five to fall three games behind Atlanta and Philadelphia for first place in the NL East. They’ve fallen a game under .500 for the first time since July 1.

The Expos are 2-4 since the All-Star break.

Montreal ace Livan Hernandez gave up a two-run homer in the first inning as Montreal suffered a 2-1 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Expos had 10 hits, but could not get a big hit with runners on base. Montreal stranded 13 baserunners.

“No offense, huh?” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “Other than that home run, he (Hernandez) was in complete control.”

Montreal is last in the majors with 309 runs scored.

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