Coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets could ill afford any more bad news.
At his press conference today, manager Terry Collins announced that David Wright was out of the starting lineup for the Mets' opening game of their series against the Miami Marlins with what's being called a "stiff neck." He had played every game of the season up to this point. Collins says Wright is currently day-to-day and that they will get another opinion on him. Justin Turner is playing third base and batting second in the lineup.
On the surface, it doesn't look like a huge deal. However, Wright missed 58 games in 2011 with a stress fracture in his back and stiff necks are sometimes related to back issues. There's also the fact that Marc Carig of Newsday pointed out that Collins used the word "muscle spasms" when discussing the injury, words that are hardly ever used in a good context.
Then again, Wright was expected to miss significant time with a broken finger last season, and only ended up missing two games.
Wright is currently hitting .309/.436/.506 this season.