Torre weighs in on Wright's injured intercostal

Torre weighs in on Wright's injured intercostal

MIAMI -- Team USA losing the services of David Wright has brought attention to the greatest fear of the World Baseball Classic -- injuries.

Wright returned to New York on Friday, where he was diagnosed with a mild strained right intercostal.

U.S. manager Joe Torre was asked about why so many players have rib/back setbacks in Spring Training.

"Years ago, Whitey Herzog said they should eat steak and eat fried foods and all that stuff," Torre said. "These guys take too good a care of themselves."

In the case of Wright, Torre added that the Mets' All-Star third baseman has an all-out style of play.

"David is so acrobatic," Torre said. "Sometimes your body says slow down, or not today.

"But these guys work out. When I started playing in the big leagues, they didn't start this whole weight stuff until like the middle '70s."

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