Wright dealing with herniated disk, DL a possibility

Wright dealing with herniated disk, DL a possibility

NEW YORK -- The latest chapter in the saga of David Wright's neck injury unfolded Monday.

Following the Mets' 1-0 series-opening victory over the White Sox, Wright announced that he is dealing with a herniated disk in his neck and that he will meet with doctors on Tuesday to see what the next step is.

"Tomorrow will be the first day that I can kind of get hands on," Wright said. "The doctors have seen the MRI, but as far as coming up with a game plan other than the [anti-inflammatory] medicine I've been given, that's what we'll be talking about tomorrow."

Two days after Wright and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson voiced concerns about the injury, manager Terry Collins said before Monday's game that he is worried it could land the third baseman on the disabled list.

"I'm concerned about David Wright possibly going on the DL at some point," Collins said. "We won't know more until later today or tomorrow, but the condition he's been playing in and the condition he's in right now -- yeah, I'm concerned about it."

"It kind of depends on how I feel [Tuesday]," Wright added after the game. "There are some other steps we can take. As far as medication goes, if I'm not seeing the relief that the doctors think I should see with the medication, there are some other things we can do to hopefully speed up the process."

Wright missed his third straight game on Monday.

"This guy plays with a lot of discomfort," Collins said. "He always has, so when he can't play, he's hurt."

Before the injury, Wright had homered in each of his last three games and hit in six straight games, going 6-for-24 (.250) over that span. In 37 games this season, he is batting .226 (31-for-137) with seven home runs and 14 RBIs.

"It's frustrating," Wright said. "It's not anything that I can prevent from happening. I wish I could, but it's frustrating to have to watch the guys go out there (without me). It's something that I have to worry about other than my back, but I'm doing everything in my power to stay on the field."

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.