Mets third baseman David Wright received an injection on Monday to treat a herniated disc in his neck. Wright hasn't played since Friday, after initially reporting the discomfort following Friday's game against the Dodgers. Mets manager Terry Collins expressed concern about the neck injury but wouldn't specify the contents of the injection, nor Wright's status regarding the disabled list. Collins said that Wright would be re-assessed on Thursday.
The herniated disc only adds to Wright's injury woes, having been diagnosed last spring with spinal stenosis. Wright missed more than four months of the 2015 season due to the condition.
Since Wright's return to the Mets last August, he has hit .250/.364/.438 with a 127 wRC+ in 303 plate appearances. Wright has been rested for 14 of the Mets' 51 games this season in order to help manage his back issues. Wilmer Flores and rookie Ty Kelly have filled in at third base since Wright's neck issue emerged over the weekend. It remains to be seen if GM Sandy Alderson considers either player a long-term fill-in should Wright move to the DL.
The Mets' corner infield has been hit with a couple of significant injuries lately. In addition to Wright, first baseman Lucas Duda was placed on the DL thanks to a stress fracture in his lower back. The Mets recently acquired James Loney from the Padres in a trade to shore up the position.