David Wright has been dealing with a neck issue
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.:
Mets third baseman David Wright thinks he has a herniated disk in his neck and that it’s difficult to move his neck from side to side.
He’ll confer with team doctors on Tuesday before deciding how to proceed.
It’s still not clear if the neck issue is related to Wright’s spinal stenosis, and it’s also not clear if this is something that can be treated with continued injections.
Either way, it seems the Mets will be without Wright for a bit — making him the third regular position player (Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud are already out) the team has lost so far this season.
While the Mets recently signed James Loney to help fill in at third base, one has to think they’ll seek additional external help if Wright’s ultimate diagnosis isn’t relatively positive.
Mets fans knew that Wright would not be playing every game this season. We knew that the Mets’ goal before the season for Wright was 130 games. We knew that things would be different for Wright as this is the first season he is playing with his spinal stenosis diagnosis. However, Wright is out of the lineup once again tonight because of his neck. Naturally, the Captain is frustrated.
"“Any time I miss a game with something other than my back, it’s pretty concerning,” Wright said. “My back gives me enough trouble, so now that it is something different, it’s frustrating.”“It’s been a few days now. If I’m physically able to go out there and help the team, I try to do that. But if I can’t help the team, then I can’t go out there and play.”"
Wright was also out of last night’s lineup due to his neck. According to Terry Collins, he may not play in Monday’s game either.
We currently do not know many details of this issue minus that SNY reports that Wright said he received a “pretty good diagnosis.” According to Collins, the Captain received an oral anti-inflammatory medication meant to help this unknown neck issue. This medication needs 48 hours in order to fully work so let the waiting game begin. Wright also had more tests done today to see if this neck issue is in fact connected to his spinal stenosis.
Because of all this, the Mets have recalled Wilmer Flores from the disabled list, who will be playing third base in tonight’s game against the Dodgers. Matt Reynolds was optioned to Las Vegas to make room for Flores.
The fact that Wright is out of the lineup for the second game in a row (and possibly third game tomorrow) is even more upsetting as his bat has been alive lately; he had a six-game hitting streak and has homered in three consecutive games. This issue with Wright will be especially concerning if it does not have anything to do with his spinal stenosis. We can only hope that this anti-inflammatory medication does the trick.