We knew it wasn't a good sign when David Wright received an injection to treat a herniated disc in his neck and sat out five games due to the injury. On Thursday night, fans' fears were confirmed when the news leaked out that the Mets will place their captain on the disabled list.
Although Wright has sat out multiple games this season in order to rest the injured back that held him out for most of 2015, this is the first time in 2016 that he finds himself on the DL. Since the last game he played was on May 27, the Mets can backdate Wright's stint, but that probably won't be necessary. He's expected to miss more than just the two weeks that represent the minimum DL stay.
Mets fans came into the 2016 campaign knowing that Wright would have to miss time while nursing his spinal stenosis condition, but there was hope that the third baseman could be productive when he was on the field. While he was struggling mightily with strikeouts during the first two months of the campaign, Wright was also walking a lot and finding his power stroke. In fact, he hit a home run in each of his last three games on the diamond.
With Wright out of the lineup, third base will likely be shared by Wilmer Flores and Ty Kelly in the immediate future. For the season, Flores is batting .167/.242/.267 in 66 plate appearances, while Kelly is 2-for-17 since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas. There's also a possibility for the Mets to bring back their former infielder Ruben Tejada, who was just designated for assignment by the Cardinals.