NEW YORK -- Mets reliever Matt Wise will seek a second opinion on the team's right rotator cuff tendinitis diagnosis that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Wise's current ailment, he said, is related to a nerve problem in the back of his shoulder that makes his arm feel as if he's "throwing underwater." Word from manager Willie Randolph was that the condition could be serious enough to keep Wise on the DL for up to two to three months.
"It must be relatively serious. I don't know if he's going to be out of the year, but he's going to be out a couple months, probably," Randolph said. "It's serious. He's not going to be with us, so he's got to get strong. He's got to get it taken care of. ... It's not surgery, but we're not going to have him."
Before the Mets start their West Coast swing in San Francisco, the 32-year-old Wise will fly out to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who has performed two surgeries on the reliever, including a Tommy John elbow ligament replacement operation, which forced him to miss the entire 2003 season.
Wise said that if the prognosis from Yocum is consistent with what he's heard from the Mets' staff, then he will just resume an indefinite rest period. No matter what, though, Wise said he will check back with the organization's doctors after receiving Yocum's recommendation.
"I definitely trust the doctor here; it has nothing to do with that," Wise said. "But this is my career we are talking about here."
Jon Blau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.