Mets waiting until weekend to determine if neck injury will prompt DL stint
By Troy Provost-Heron
NEW YORK -- David Wright received an injection Tuesday to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by a herniated disk in his neck.
Mets manager Terry Collins said that the shot needs 48 hours to take effect and that the team is still waiting until this weekend's series in Miami to see if the injury could land the third baseman on the disabled list.
"A herniated disk can be a serious thing," Collins said. "They can come back, so we'll have to wait. The doctors said today that they thought this was the next step, and we're told it'll be a couple of days before they really find out if the shot is going to work.
"Instead of rushing into anything, we thought with the off-day Thursday we could have some time to see if it will take effect."
Wright missed his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday, with Wilmer Flores manning third for New York.
The Mets have yet to explore the next step if the injection fails to improve Wright's condition. Surgery has not been discussed at this point.
Wright's injury is the latest in a series of ailments that have hindered his production this season. The 33-year-old has battled back issues over the past two seasons after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis last May. He also dealt with shoulder soreness earlier this month.
"This guy has been a special player in baseball," Collins said. "Him being the captain and the face of this organization, a manager's worst nightmare is to see a star start to fade. I think David has a lot of baseball left in him because of the way he prepares and the way he gets himself ready, but it's hard to watch what he's going through."
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.
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.