David Wright told reporters after Monday's win that he has a herniated disc in his neck. He will know more tomorrow after he visits the team's medical staff again.
Prior to Monday's game, Terry Collins said there is "concern' that Wright may have to go on the disabled list with a neck problem. Wright was out of the lineup for the third day in a row for Monday's series opener agaisnt the White Sox at Citi Field.
Collins said the Mets won't know more about Wright's condition until later today or tomorrow. "The condition he is in right now, I'm concerned about it. I know this guy plays with a lot of discomfort. When he can't play, he is hurt."
Should Wright go on the DL, his spot on the 25-man roster is expected to go to James Loney, who is to arrive Monday after being acquired from Tampa Bay. The Mets also need to find a spot on the 40-man roster for Loney even if Wright is put on the DL.
David Wright will miss Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after dealing with a neck problem.
Terry Collins said Wright took an oral anti-inflammatory medication to deal with his neck issue, but it needs 48 hours to properly treat him. Collins said Wright, who missed Saturday's 9-1 loss to Los Angeles, may also be unavailable Monday.
"It's been a few days now," Wright told reporters of the neck issue after Saturday's game. "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, 33, said that he got a "pretty good diagnosis" of what the issue is earlier, but underwent more tests Sunday to determine if it is connected to the spinal stenosis he has dealt with the past two seasons. Wright is leaving the decision to play up to his doctors.
Collins said Wright's neck issue is not related to his back or spinal stenosis, a condition that sidelined him for several months last season, but rather is related to his shoulder.
"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."
Wilmer Flores will start in place of Wright and play third base.
Wright has homered in three consecutive games and has a six-game hitting streak. For the season, he is hitting .226 with seven homers and 14 RBIs.