Jun 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) hits a solo home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Wright was examined by Mets doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manahattan, underwent an MRI, and was prescribed rest and anti-inflammatory medication.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Wright would like to avoid landing on the disabled list, but it’s not yet clear if that will be the case.
Wright first injured his shoulder during a head-first dive into second base on June 12 at Citi Field, and felt increasing pain during the Mets’ first game in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Wright said that on Thursday, the injury was “prohibiting him” from doing certain things on the field.
In Wright’s stead, Eric Campbell has been playing third base.
If the rest and medication allows Wright to return in a few days, the Mets can play short until then.
However, without their current backup shortstop (who really isn’t a backup shortstop) playing third base and the infield stretched so thin, the Mets can’t afford to play continue for long with Wright on the active roster and unavailable.
If Wright lands on the disabled list, the club will be able to call Wilmer Flores – a natural third baseman – back up from Triple-A Las Vegas without waiting the usual 10 days.