The Mets will be without David Wright for at least a week to ten days with stress fracture in his lower back.
Wright underwent a MRI today at the Hospital of Special Surgery, which revealed the injury. Wright said he will seek a second opinion, after which a decision would be made on the disabled list.
The Mets said Wright sustained the injury on a diving tag play to Houston’s Carlos Lee, April 19. Wright doesn’t believe this is a long-term injury, but then again, that’s what second opinions are for.
“About the first week, I felt stiff and sore, but I felt that would go away the next couple of weeks,’’ Wright told reporters this afternoon at Citi Field. “I was on some medication and some anti-inflammatories that really wasn’t doing much. That explains it now, because it’s not a muscular thing.
“It’s what could be a stress fracture. … It’s probably me somewhat being stubborn and not getting it checked out earlier. I don’t think it really limited me too much or prohibited me from doing anything. It was just a little uncomfortable.’’
Wright is off to a slow start, hitting .231 with six homers and 18 RBI.
General manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets could promote Ruben Tejada to play second base and move Justin Turner to third, or they could bring up Nick Evans or Luis Hernandez.
Daniel Murphy is a natural third baseman, but he’s playing first base while Ike Davis is on the disabled list. Davis, out with a sprained ankle, is currently rehabbing in Port St. Lucie. Ironically, Davis was injured in a collision with Wright.
Here’s tonight’s lineup:
Jose Reyes, SS
Willie Harris, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Justin Turner, 2B
Jason Pridie, CF
Ronny Paulino, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP